viscous

adjective
vis·​cous | \ ˈvi-skəs How to pronounce viscous (audio) \

Definition of viscous

1 : having a thick or sticky consistency : viscid viscous secretions viscous corn syrup
2 technical : having or characterized by a high resistance to flow viscous lava

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Other Words from viscous

viscously adverb
viscousness noun

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Examples of viscous in a Sentence

viscous syrup that takes forever to pour from a narrow-neck bottle
Recent Examples on the Web The father remembered the night before to activate the heating element that warms his antifreeze, which in turn keeps his motor oil just viscous enough to allow the pistons to move. Anchorage Daily News, "The physics of 40 below," 4 Jan. 2020 For me, dim sum was a near perfect dining experience—except for the cloying, viscous, bright red sauce that would invariably ruin my deep-fried wontons. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, "My Mom Wouldn't Give Me Her Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe, So I Made Up My Own," 12 Dec. 2019 By contrast, none of the lung fluid samples taken from 99 healthy people had vitamin E. Vitamin E acetate has a consistency that is much like pure THC oil: thick, goopy and viscous. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Weed vapes with vitamin E gained popularity on social media, possibly driving illnesses," 20 Dec. 2019 Black, sticky, and viscous, bitumen is a form of petroleum found in areas around the Dead Sea. National Geographic, "Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries," 10 Dec. 2019 Health officials in New York are focusing on vitamin E acetate, a viscous solution that’s sometimes added to marijuana oils. BostonGlobe.com, "PORTLAND, Ore. — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what’s causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal lung disease among people who use e-cigarettes.," 27 Sep. 2019 Health officials in New York are focusing on vitamin E acetate, a viscous solution that’s sometimes added to marijuana oils. Jennifer Peltz, The Denver Post, "Lung illnesses send chill through U.S. marijuana vape market," 26 Sep. 2019 Emulsions are always more viscous than either of their independent constituents, which is what gives mayonnaise its semisolid texture. J. Kenji López-alt, New York Times, "The Secret Ingredient That Improves Meat Every Time," 29 Oct. 2019 Health officials in New York are focusing on vitamin E acetate, a viscous solution that’s sometimes added to marijuana oils. Jennifer Peltz, The Denver Post, "Lung illnesses send chill through U.S. marijuana vape market," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of viscous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for viscous

Middle English viscouse, from Anglo-French viscos, from Late Latin viscosus full of birdlime, viscous, from Latin viscum mistletoe, birdlime; akin to Old High German wīhsila cherry, Greek ixos mistletoe

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12 Jan 2020

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“Viscous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viscous. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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viscous

adjective
How to pronounce viscous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of viscous

of a liquid : thick or sticky : not flowing easily

viscous

adjective
vis·​cous | \ ˈvis-kəs How to pronounce viscous (audio) \

Medical Definition of viscous

1 : having a glutinous consistency and the quality of sticking or adhering : viscid
2 : having or characterized by viscosity a viscous flow

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