Definition of mucus in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmjuːkəs


[mass noun]
  • 1A slimy substance, typically not miscible with water, secreted by the mucous membranes and glands of animals for lubrication, protection, etc..
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    • The conjunctiva contains thousands of cells that produce mucus and tiny glands that produce tears.
    • It is spread by contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person.
    • Physiotherapy helps clear the thick, sticky mucus from the lungs.
  • 1.1A gummy substance found in plants; mucilage.
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    • The tube feet, arranged in groups of three on the pinnules, are coated with mucus that ensnares the prey.
    • This plant secretes mucus from a stalk.
    • Mucus produced by the plant provides temporary and effective protection from petroleum damage.


mid 17th century: from Latin.

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