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[myoo-suh-lij] /ˈmyu sə lɪdʒ/

any of various, usually liquid, preparations of gum, glue, or the like, used as an adhesive.
any of various gummy secretions or gelatinous substances present in plants.
a sticky preparation, such as gum or glue, used as an adhesive
a complex glutinous carbohydrate secreted by certain plants

late 14c., mussillage, “viscous substance found in vegetable material,” from Old French mucilage (14c.), from Late Latin mucilago “musty or moldy juice” (4c.), from Latin mucere “be musty or moldy,” from mucus “mucus” (see mucus). Meaning “adhesive” is first attested 1859.

mucilage mu·ci·lage (myōō’sə-lĭj)
A viscid preparation consisting of a solution of a plant-based gum in water and used in pharmacy as an excipient.


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