Traveling through the bodily fluids of an infected person, Ebola enters through a mucous membrane or break in the skin.
1640s (replacing mucilaginous), from Latin mucosus "slimy, mucous," from mucus (see mucus). Related: mucosity.
mucous mu·cous (myōō'kəs)adj.
Containing, producing, or secreting mucus.
Relating to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.