mucous

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adjective

mu·​cous ˈmyü-kəs How to pronounce mucous (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or resembling mucus
2
: secreting or containing mucus
3
: covered with or as if with mucus : slimy

mucous

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nonstandard spelling of mucus

nasal mucous

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin mucosus, from mucus

First Known Use

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mucous was in 1578

Dictionary Entries Near mucous

Cite this Entry

“Mucous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mucous. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

mucous

adjective
mu·​cous ˈmyü-kəs How to pronounce mucous (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or resembling mucus
mucous discharges
2
: producing or containing mucus
a mucous gland

Medical Definition

mucous

adjective
mu·​cous ˈmyü-kəs How to pronounce mucous (audio)
1
: covered with or as if with mucus
a mucous surface
2
: of, relating to, or resembling mucus
a mucous secretion
3
: secreting or containing mucus
mucous glands of the intestine

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