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[myoo-suh-laj-uh-nuh s] /ˌmyu səˈlædʒ ə nəs/
of, relating to, or secreting mucilage.
of the nature of or resembling mucilage; moist, soft, and viscid.
Origin of mucilaginous
1640-50; < Late Latin mūcilāgin- (stem of mūcilāgō) mucilage + -ous
Related forms
mucilaginously, adverb
nonmucilaginous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mucilaginous
  • Stems are often tufted, and when pulled apart, the copious mucilaginous slime inside forms what somewhat resembles a spider's web.
  • Bacterial cells on the outer mucilaginous sheath of this colony show as bright green dots.
  • The pads contain a thick, mucilaginous fluid to help maintain moisture.
  • Refreshing beverage is made by soaking the mucilaginous seeds in water.
  • Seed is coated with a mucilaginous material that may inhibit germination until it is leached or degraded.
Word Origin and History for mucilaginous

early 15c., "viscous, sticky," from Medieval Latin muscilaginosus, from Late Latin mucilaginosus, from mucillago (see mucilage). Related: Mucilaginously.

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mucilaginous in Medicine

mucilaginous mu·ci·lag·i·nous (myōō'sə-lāj'ə-nəs)
Resembling mucilage; moist and sticky.

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