Meaning of mucus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmjuːkəs/

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mass noun
  • 1A slimy substance secreted by the mucous membranes and glands of animals for lubrication, protection, etc.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘A person with cystic fibrosis produces thick, sticky mucus that provides a perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth.’
    • ‘The cervical mucus plugs the cervical canal and normally prevents foreign materials from entering the reproductive tract.’
    • ‘We therefore sought to study the mechanisms by which this increase in airway mucus production is regulated.’
    • ‘Your baby's doctor may recommend saline nose drops or saltwater nasal spray to loosen thick nasal mucus.’
    • ‘The normal physiologic vaginal discharge comprises vaginal secretions, exfoliated cells and cervical mucus.’
    • ‘Excess mucus in the airways causes severe cough and discomfort, and can lead to further obstruction and inflammation.’
    • ‘Calcium ions have been mentioned as a possible means of stiffening a mucus secretion.’
    • ‘Davis worries that inhibitors of mucus secretion might block activity of beneficial proteins.’
    • ‘If necessary to loosen mucus in the nose, you can use salt water nose drops.’
    • ‘The bacteria feed on mucus secreted by glands on the worms' backs.’
    • ‘Common symptoms include shortness of breath, chronic coughing and increased mucus production.’
    • ‘Other symptoms include a fever, tenderness over your face, and thick green or yellow mucus in your nose.’
    • ‘Actually coughing is a healthy reflex that helps clear mucus or phlegm in the throat and chest.’
    • ‘To increase participation, we also collected nasal mucus by asking volunteers to blow their noses into a paper tissue.’
    • ‘Dysentery was defined as the presence of blood and mucus in the stools.’
    • ‘Coughing is good because it helps to clear foreign objects and mucus from your lungs and breathing tubes.’
    • ‘Excess mucus occurs only in some pathological conditions, and makes its presence known in the stools.’
    1. 1.1A gummy substance found in plants; mucilage.
      ‘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.’
      ooze, sludge, muck, mud, mire


Late 16th century from Latin.