Mu"cous (?), a. [L. mucosus, fr. mucus mucus.]


Of, pertaining to, or resembling, mucus; slimy, ropy, or stringy, and lubricous; as, a mucous substance.


Secreting a slimy or mucigenous substance; as, the mucous membrane.

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.


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