mucus

noun
mu·cus | \ˈmyü-kəs \

Definition of mucus 

: a viscid slippery secretion that is usually rich in mucins and is produced by mucous membranes which it moistens and protects

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At the same time, your airways will boost their mucus production, making breathing even more of a struggle. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Facts About Allergic Asthma, Which Is Just the Worst," 11 May 2018 Symptoms such as shortness of breath, mucus production, wheezing and chest tightness may be mild, at first, but progressively worsen. Candace Bromley, Philly.com, "Q&A: What do I need to know about COPD?," 17 Apr. 2018 Nicholas Mantis, a mucosal immunologist at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center in Albany, agrees that the study shows that the antibodies are serving as a scaffold to allow the bacterium to stick better to the mucus. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "By wrapping itself in antibodies, this bacterium may become a stable, beneficial part of the gut," 3 May 2018 Dehydration also makes mucus in the nose, throat and lungs dry up, which can then clog sinuses and respiratory tubes. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Fact or Fiction?: Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever," 3 Jan. 2014 This domino effect can also cause your airways to churn out more mucus than normal. Korin Miller, SELF, "What’s an Asthma Exacerbation? (Because It Sounds Really Scary.)," 11 July 2018 Some of them will have cystic fibrosis, which causes mucus in the lungs to be overly sticky, often allowing drug-resistant microbes to proliferate. Eric Boodman, STAT, "First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance," 21 June 2018 Eucalyptus, a natural decongestant, breaks down mucus and helps open air passageways. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "4 Genius Ways Essential Oils Can Ease Congestion And Cough Better Than Over-The-Counter Meds," 20 Oct. 2017 The warm vapor rising from the bowl can also moisten and loosen dried mucus. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Fact or Fiction?: Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever," 3 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of mucus

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mucus

borrowed from Latin mūcus, muccus "nasal discharge," perhaps going back to *moukos, o-grade derivative of Indo-European *(s)muk- "nasal discharge," *(s)meuk- "undo, loosen, wipe off" myxo-

Note: See note at myxo-.

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mucus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mucus

: a thick liquid that is produced in some parts of the body (such as the nose and throat)

mucus

noun
mu·cus | \ˈmyü-kəs \

Kids Definition of mucus

: a slippery thick sticky substance that coats, protects, and moistens the linings of body passages and spaces (as of the nose, lungs, and intestines)

mucus

noun
mu·cus | \ˈmyü-kəs \

Medical Definition of mucus 

: a viscid slippery secretion that is usually rich in mucins and is produced by mucous membranes which it moistens and protects

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