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mucilage

[ myoo-suh-lij ]
/ ˈmyu sə lɪdʒ /
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noun
any of various, usually liquid, preparations of gum, glue, or the like, used as an adhesive.
any of various gummy secretions or gelatinous substances present in plants.
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Origin of mucilage

1350–1400; Middle English muscilage<Middle French musillage<Late Latin mūcilāgō a musty juice, akin to mūcēre to be musty. See mucor
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British Dictionary definitions for mucilage

mucilage
/ (ˈmjuːsɪlɪdʒ) /

noun
a sticky preparation, such as gum or glue, used as an adhesive
a complex glutinous carbohydrate secreted by certain plants

Derived forms of mucilage

mucilaginous (ˌmjuːsɪˈlædʒɪnəs), adjectivemucilaginously, adverbmucilaginousness, noun

Word Origin for mucilage

C14: via Old French from Late Latin mūcilāgo mouldy juice; see mucid
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Medical definitions for mucilage

mucilage
[ myōōsə-lĭj ]

n.
A viscid preparation consisting of a solution of a plant-based gum in water and used in pharmacy as an excipient.
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