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[muh-luhs-kuh m]
noun, plural mol·lus·ca [muh-luhs-kuh] /məˈlʌs kə/. Pathology.
  1. any of various skin conditions characterized by soft, rounded tumors.
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Origin of molluscum

1805–15; < New Latin, Latin: fungus, noun use of neuter of molluscus soft; akin to mollis soft
Related formsmol·lus·cous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for molluscous

Historical Examples

  • In 1804, Lamarck classed them among the molluscous cephalopods.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • Their food consists of spawn, insects, and molluscous animals.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • It is also applied to imitations of such stones in glass, called “pastes,” or on the shells of molluscous animals.

  • Large jars were filling apace with the bodies of rare birds, fishes, quadrupeds and reptiles, as well as molluscous animals.

  • She felt Norie still hankered after him, but perhaps kept him at bay partly because of her mother's molluscous clingings—No!

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter

    Sir Harry Johnston

molluscous in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or resembling molluscum.
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n. pl. mol•lus•ca (-kə)
  1. Any of various skin diseases marked by the occurrence of soft spherical tumors on the face or the body.
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