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mucous

[myoo-kuh s] /ˈmyu kəs/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.
2.
containing or secreting mucus.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin mūcōsus slimy, mucous, equivalent to mūc(us) snot (see mucus) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
mucosity
[myoo-kos-i-tee] /myuˈkɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonmucous, adjective
submucous, adjective
Can be confused
mucous, mucus.
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British Dictionary definitions for submucous

mucous

/ˈmjuːkəs/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, or secreting mucus
Derived Forms
mucosity (mjuːˈkɒsɪtɪ) noun
Usage note
The noun mucus is often misspelled mucous. Mucous can only be correctly used as an adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin mūcōsus slimy, from mucus
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Word Origin and History for submucous

mucous

adj.

1640s (replacing mucilaginous), from Latin mucosus "slimy, mucous," from mucus (see mucus). Related: mucosity.

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submucous in Medicine

mucous mu·cous (myōō'kəs)
adj.

  1. Containing, producing, or secreting mucus.

  2. Relating to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.

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