[myoo-kuh s] /ˈmyu kəs/
pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling .
containing or secreting .
of, resembling, or secreting mucus
1640s (replacing mucilaginous), from Latin mucosus “slimy, mucous,” from mucus (see mucus). Related: mucosity.
mucous mu·cous (myōō’kəs)
- Mucous cell
mucous cell n. A cell that secretes mucus.
- Mucous colitis
mucous colitis n. A disease of the mucous membrane of the colon, characterized by colicky pain, constipation or diarrhea, and the passage of mucous or slimy pseudomembranous shreds and patches. Also called myxomembranous colitis.
- Mucous connective tissue
mucous connective tissue n. A gelatinous type of connective tissue characteristically supporting the blood vessels of the umbilical cord.
- Mucous gland
mucous gland n. A gland that secretes mucus. Also called muciparous gland.