Mucous Mu"cous, a. [L. mucosus, fr. mucus mucus.] 1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, mucus; slimy, ropy, or stringy, and lubricous; as, a mucous substance. [1913 Webster]

2. Secreting a slimy or mucigenous substance; as, the mucous membrane. [1913 Webster]

{Mucous membrane}. (Anat.) See under {Membrane}.

{Mucous patches} (Med.), elevated patches found in the mucous membranes of the mouth and anus, usually due to syphilis.

{Mucous tissue} (Anat.), a form of connective tissue in an early stage of development, found in the umbilical cord and in the embryo, and also in certain tumors called myxomata. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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