mucilage

[ myoo-suh-lij ]
/ ˈmyu sə lɪdʒ /

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 Formsmucilaginous (ˌmjuːsɪˈlædʒɪnəs), adjectivemucilaginously, adverbmucilaginousness, noun

Word Origin for mucilage

C14: via Old French from Late Latin mūcilāgo mouldy juice; see mucid
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Word Origin and History for mucilage

mucilage


n.

late 14c., mussillage, "viscous substance found in vegetable material," from Old French mucilage (14c.), from Late Latin mucilago "musty or moldy juice" (4c.), from Latin mucere "be musty or moldy," from mucus "mucus" (see mucus). Meaning "adhesive" is first attested 1859.

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Medicine 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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