[ vis-kuh s ]
/ ˈvɪs kəs /
of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive.
having the property of viscosity.
Origin of viscous
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin viscōsus, equivalent to Latin visc(um) mistletoe, birdlime (made with mistletoe berries) + -ōsus -ous
Related formsvis·cous·ly, adverbvis·cous·ness, nounhy·per·vis·cous, adjectivepseu·do·vis·cous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for viscously
/ (ˈvɪskəs) /
(of liquids) thick and sticky; viscid
having or involving viscosity
Derived Formsviscously, adverbviscousness, noun
Word Origin for viscous
C14: from Late Latin viscōsus; see viscose
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Medicine definitions for viscously
[ vĭs′kəs ]
Having relatively high resistance to flow.
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Science definitions for viscously
[ vĭs′kəs ]
Having relatively high resistance to flow (high viscosity).
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