viscous

[ vis-kuh s ]
/ ˈvɪs kəs /

adjective

of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive.
having the property of viscosity.

Nearby words

  1. viscount,
  2. viscount melville sound,
  3. viscountcy,
  4. viscountess,
  5. viscounty,
  6. viscous flow,
  7. viscously,
  8. visct,
  9. visct.,
  10. viscus

Also viscose.

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

Can be confusedvicious viscose viscous

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British Dictionary definitions for viscously

viscous

viscose

/ (ˈvɪskəs) /

adjective

(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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Word Origin and History for viscously

viscous

adj.

late 14c., from Anglo-French viscous, from Late Latin viscosus "sticky," from Latin viscum "anything sticky, birdlime made from mistletoe, mistletoe," probably from PIE root *weis- "to melt away, flow" (used of foul or malodorous fluids); see virus.

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Medicine definitions for viscously

viscous

[ vĭskəs ]

adj.

Having relatively high resistance to flow.
Viscid.

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Science definitions for viscously

viscous

[ vĭskəs ]

Having relatively high resistance to flow (high viscosity).
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