mu·​cous | \ ˈmyü-kəs How to pronounce mucous (audio) \

Definition of mucous

1 : of, relating to, or resembling mucus
2 : secreting or containing mucus
3 : covered with or as if with mucus : slimy

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In addition to plankton, the opportunistic eaters can sustain themselves by feeding on the feces and mucous-coated regurgitation of invasive mussels. Tony Briscoe,, "Asian carp have never breached a body of freshwater the size of Lake Michigan. Here’s the bizarre way they could survive and thrive in the world’s fifth largest lake.," 12 Aug. 2019 For instance, epithelial cystadenomas are benign growths that can be filled with a watery or mucous-based liquid, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Three Types of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know," 1 Nov. 2018 But recent technological advances are helping us understand that mucous grazers can be picky eaters. Kelly Sutherland, Smithsonian, "These Strange Ocean Creatures Trap Their Food In a Net of Mucus," 3 May 2018 Pneumonic plague includes shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and sometimes bloody mucous. Anna Gunther, CBS News, "Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague," 13 June 2018 These mucous sheets can function like a filter to ensnare food as small as bacteria. Kelly Sutherland, Smithsonian, "These Strange Ocean Creatures Trap Their Food In a Net of Mucus," 3 May 2018 Some women have ectropion, when the mucous-producing glands that are usually on the inside of the cervix evert onto the outside of the cervix. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "8 Things You Didn't Know About Your Vagina," 20 Feb. 2016 Daniel, a 12-year-old Bornean orangutan, was dealing with a sinus infection that left him with labored breathing, coughing, frequent mucous production and a distended air sac, the Phoenix Zoo said in a media release. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Phoenix Zoo orangutan plagued by sinus problems gets groundbreaking surgery," 22 Mar. 2018 Cough can help remove whatever causes the cough, including mucous and infectious particles. Dr. Judy Schaechter, miamiherald, "She keeps coughing. What can I give her? | Miami Herald," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mucous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mucous

Latin mucosus, from mucus

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mu·​cous | \ ˈmyü-kəs How to pronounce mucous (audio) \

Kids Definition of mucous

: containing or producing mucus a mucous membrane


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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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