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mucous

[myoo-kuh s]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.
  2. 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
Related formsmu·cos·i·ty [myoo-kos-i-tee] /myuˈkɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·mu·cous, adjectivesub·mu·cous, adjective
Can be confusedmucous mucus
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Related Words for mucous

viscous, clammy, muddy, glutinous, miry, mucky, mucous, scummy, yukky, close, dank, moist, pasty, slimy, soggy, sticky, sweaty, wet, drizzly, mucid

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British Dictionary definitions for mucous

mucous

mucose (ˈmjuːkəʊs, -kəʊz)

adjective
  1. of, resembling, or secreting mucus
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Derived Formsmucosity (mjuːˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for mucous

C17: from Latin mūcōsus slimy, from mucus

usage

The noun mucus is often misspelled mucous . Mucous can only be correctly used as an adjective
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Word Origin and History for mucous

adj.

1640s (replacing mucilaginous), from Latin mucosus "slimy, mucous," from mucus (see mucus). Related: mucosity.

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mucous in Medicine

mucous

(myōōkəs)
adj.
  1. Containing, producing, or secreting mucus.
  2. Relating to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.
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