mucilage

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noun mu·ci·lage \ˈmyü-s(ə-)lij\

Definition of mucilage

  1. 1 :  a gelatinous substance of various plants (such as legumes or seaweeds) that contains protein and polysaccharides and is similar to plant gums

  2. 2 :  an aqueous usually viscid solution (as of a gum) used especially as an adhesive

Origin and Etymology of mucilage

Middle English muscilage, from Late Latin mucilago mucus, musty juice, from Latin mucus


First Known Use: 15th century


MUCILAGE Defined for Kids

mucilage

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noun mu·ci·lage \ˈmyü-sə-lij\

Definition of mucilage for Students

  1. :  a water solution of a gum or similar substance used especially to stick things together


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mucilage

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noun mu·ci·lage \ˈmyü-s(ə-)lij\

Medical Definition of mucilage

  1. 1:  a gelatinous substance of various plants (as legumes or seaweeds) that contains protein and polysaccharides and is similar to plant gums

  2. 2:  an aqueous usually viscid solution (as of a gum) used in pharmacy as an excipient and in medicine as a demulcent


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