mucus

noun
mu·​cus | \ ˈmyü-kəs How to pronounce mucus (audio) \

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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And in the beauty world, many of the hottest skin-care ingredients (snail mucus, bee venom) sound like they’ve been formulated in a steaming cauldron instead a lab. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 Her son's lungs filled with mucus, preventing him from breathing. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "This flu season is on track to be one of the worst in 15 years," 28 Jan. 2018 Her son's lungs filled with mucus, preventing him from breathing. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "This flu season is on track to be one of the worst in 15 years," 26 Jan. 2018 Her son’s lungs filled with mucus, preventing him from breathing. William Wan, Washington Post, "This flu season is on track to be the worst in nearly a decade," 26 Jan. 2018 Your baby is protected by amniotic fluid as well as a cervical mucus plug that keeps semen or lubrication from entering your uterus. Nancy Redd, Marie Claire, "6 Tips for Amazing Sex During Pregnancy," 13 Apr. 2018 But if the mucus becomes a regular thing, call the vet. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 11 July 2018 On a chilly morning, the air is relatively dry, so the mucus in your nose dries out and doesn’t transport molecules as efficiently. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Wintry Scents, Indoors and Out," 20 Dec. 2018 Even small amounts can penetrate your skin and enter mucus membranes to cause severe and drawn-out pain that may last a half hour. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Exactly How Tear Gas Affects Your Body," 26 Nov. 2018

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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 How to pronounce mucus (audio) \

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 How to pronounce mucus (audio) \

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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