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  1. having a glutinous consistency; sticky; adhesive; viscous.
  2. Botany. covered by a sticky substance.
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Origin of viscid

1625–35; < Late Latin viscidus, equivalent to Latin visc(um) mistletoe, birdlime made from mistletoe + -idus -id4; see viscous
Related formsvis·cid·i·ty, vis·cid·ness, nounvis·cid·ly, adverbnon·vis·cid, adjectivenon·vis·cid·ly, adverbnon·vis·cid·ness, nounnon·vis·cid·i·ty, noun
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Related Words

adhesive, clammy, gelatinous, glutinous, gooey, mucilaginous, slimy, stiff, tenacious, thick, tough, viscose, gluey, ropy, syrupy

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British Dictionary definitions for viscid


  1. cohesive and sticky; glutinous; viscous
  2. (esp of a leaf) covered with a sticky substance
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Derived Formsviscidity or viscidness, nounviscidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin viscidus sticky, from Latin viscum mistletoe or birdlime
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Word Origin and History for viscid


"sticky," 1610s (implied in viscidity), from Late Latin viscidus, from Latin viscum "mistletoe, birdlime" (see viscous).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

viscid in Medicine


  1. Thick and adhesive. Used of a fluid.
  2. Covered with a sticky coating.
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Related formsvis•cidi•ty null n.
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