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mucous

[ myoo-kuhs ]
/ ˈmyu kəs /
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adjective
pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.
containing or secreting mucus.
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Origin of mucous

1640–50; <Latin mūcōsus slimy, mucous, equivalent to mūc(us) snot (see mucus) + -ōsus-ous

OTHER WORDS FROM mucous

mu·cos·i·ty [myoo-kos-i-tee], /myuˈkɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·mu·cous, adjectivesub·mu·cous, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mucous

mucous , mucus
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British Dictionary definitions for mucous

mucous

mucose (ˈmjuːkəʊs, -kəʊz)

/ (ˈmjuːkəs) /

adjective
of, resembling, or secreting mucus

Derived forms of mucous

mucosity (mjuːˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for mucous

C17: from Latin mūcōsus slimy, from mucus

usage for mucous

The noun mucus is often misspelled mucous . Mucous can only be correctly used as an adjective
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Medical definitions for mucous

mucous
[ myōōkəs ]

adj.
Containing, producing, or secreting mucus.
Relating to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.
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