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mucous

[ myoo-kuhs ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.
  2. containing or secreting mucus.


mucous

/ -kəʊz; ˈmjuːkəs; mjuːˈkɒsɪtɪ; ˈmjuːkəʊs /

adjective

  1. of, resembling, or secreting mucus


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Usage

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

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Derived Forms

  • mucosity, noun

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Other Words From

  • mu·cos·i·ty [myoo-, kos, -i-tee], noun
  • non·mucous adjective
  • sub·mucous adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mucous1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mucous1

C17: from Latin mūcōsus slimy, from mucus

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Example Sentences

Also unknown is whether getting infected through mucous membranes during sexual contact would shield against catching the virus later, Rimoin said.

They could not only protect our lungs, but also the mucous membranes that line the upper regions of our respiratory tracts such as the nose.

It’s also important, he said, to help keep your mucous membranes moist by staying hydrated.

When exercising, the effort exerted on top of the existing irritation might cause the mucous membranes to “bleed just ever so slightly,” Miller said.

Taking the vaccine orally also may produce more of an immune response in the mucous membranes that line the nose, mouth, throat and digestive tract than injected vaccines do, says Sean Tucker, Vaxart’s founder and chief scientific officer.

Traveling through the bodily fluids of an infected person, Ebola enters through a mucous membrane or break in the skin.

Small fragments of mucous membrane may be found, and when examined by a pathologist, may occasionally establish the diagnosis.

The damage which they do to the mucous membrane favors bacterial invasion.

It lives in the large intestine, especially the cecum, with its slender extremity embedded in the mucous membrane.

The mucous membranes become dry and insensitive, especially those of the fauces.

Here occur fever, anaemia, neuralgic pains, and the eruptions on the skin and the mucous membranes.

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