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[myoo-suh-laj-uh-nuh s]
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  1. of, relating to, or secreting mucilage.
  2. of the nature of or resembling mucilage; moist, soft, and viscid.
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Origin of mucilaginous

1640–50; < Late Latin mūcilāgin- (stem of mūcilāgō) mucilage + -ous
Related formsmu·ci·lag·i·nous·ly, adverbnon·mu·ci·lag·i·nous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mucilaginous

Historical Examples

  • The qualities of all the plants in this order are mucilaginous.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • He only allowed a spare diet of mucilaginous and acid drinks.

  • When they burst, a white and mucilaginous liquor exuded from them.

  • Magnesia or its carbonate should be given freely in mucilaginous fluids.

    Memoranda on Poisons

    Thomas Hawkes Tanner

  • The nests are formed of mucilaginous sea-weeds and have the appearance of isinglass.

Word Origin and History for mucilaginous


early 15c., "viscous, sticky," from Medieval Latin muscilaginosus, from Late Latin mucilaginosus, from mucillago (see mucilage). Related: Mucilaginously.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mucilaginous in Medicine


  1. Resembling mucilage; moist and sticky.
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