Definition of mucous
1 : of, relating to, or resembling mucus
2 : secreting or containing mucus
3 : covered with or as if with mucus : slimy
Recent Examples of mucous from the Web
Second is across the mucous membranes and the third fastest is in the digestive system.
Their scenario begins with impoverished residents watching their pigs and poultry fall ill, suffering high fevers and bleeding from the mucous membranes in their mouths and noses.
Tokuda follows a lazy swarm of bright, luminous scout-flies, which pick up the monster's mucous-y scent.
Rabies virus can be transmitted when an infected bat bites or scratches a person (or pet), or comes into contact with mucous membranes in a person’s eyes or mouth, according to state health officials.
Rhodes' recommendation: Be vigilant inspecting your skin and mucous membranes regularly to notice changes that may occur.
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Origin and Etymology of mucous
Latin mucosus, from mucus
First Known Use: 1578See Words from the same year
MUCOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of mucous for Students
: containing or producing mucus a mucous membrane
Medical Definition of mucous
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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