mucus vs mucous

mucus mucous


  • 1) physiology A slippery secretion from the lining of the mucous membranes.
  • 2) The viscous, slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by cells and glands of the mucous membranes.
  • 3) (Bot.) A gelatinous or slimy substance found in certain algæ and other plants.
  • 4) (Physiol.) Any other animal fluid of a viscid quality, as the synovial fluid, which lubricates the cavities of the joints; -- improperly so used.
  • 5) (Physiol.) A viscid fluid secreted by mucous membranes, which it serves to moisten and protect. It covers the lining membranes of all the cavities which open externally, such as those of the mouth, nose, lungs, intestinal canal, urinary passages, etc.
  • 6) protective secretion of the mucus membranes; in the gut it lubricates the passage of food and protects the epithelial cells; in the nose and throat and lungs it can make it difficult for bacteria to penetrate the body through the epithelium
  • 7) A viscid fluid secreted by the mucous membrane of animals. It is characterized by the presence of considerable quantities of mucin. Also called animal mucilage.
  • 8) In botany, gummy matter soluble in water.
  • 9) The slime of fish


  • 1) Having the qualities of mucus
  • 2) Pertaining to mucus
  • 3) Containing, producing, or secreting mucus.
  • 4) Relating to, consisting of, or resembling mucus.
  • 5) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, mucus; slimy, ropy, or stringy, and lubricous.
  • 6) Secreting a slimy or mucigenous substance.
  • 7) (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.
  • 8) (Med.) elevated patches found in the mucous membranes of the mouth and anus, usually due to syphilis.
  • 9) of or secreting or covered with or resembling mucus


  • 1) This means the cells no longer produce the thick mucus.
  • 2) They produce mucus which is very bad for singers.
  • 3) Garlic can also help to reduce the amount of mucus produced by the body.
  • 4) They must also examine their cervical mucus.
  • 5) He added that spicy food also helps produce mucus, which can wash away bacteria.
  • 6) Sometimes when it did, there would be no cervical mucus.
  • 7) I will say only that his understandable desire to expel such noxious mucus from his body does not excuse depositing it on a public street.
  • 8) Of the medicines used to help ulcers, some protect the lining of the stomach from digestive acids and may increase the production of protective mucus.
  • 9) Within a second or two I was holding a slippery, gorgeous little creature covered in blood and mucus.
  • 10) The mucus is interesting stuff too; it is a glycoprotein which is mostly glyco and not very proteinaceous, and which is secreted at about 99% water.
  • 11) Such a cytokine storm as part of the adaptive response is characteristic of avian (bird) flu, where patients “drown in mucus” due to the overwhelming nature of the response and often require ventilator support to avoid death.
  • 12) This occurs when muscles surrounding the airways tighten and squeeze them and excessive mucus is produced.
  • 13) How did we function before the good drugs, was the world simply covered in mucus? did we all walk around honking like geese? or did we just curl up and die to be covered in layers of book dust? at
  • 14) A scientist who specializes in synthetic mucus is convinced one of the dog show fanatics broke into his lab to steal some.
  • 15) Unfortunately mucus is not of the number, so the common Moslem is very offensive in the matter of nose.
  • 16) The pseudoscience of "toxins" and the need for detoxification goes without saying, and how mucus is supposed to get to your feet doesn't bear thinking about.
  • 17) In this case exclusively water, not mucus, is required, and water is actually secreted.
  • 18) ‘The conjunctiva contains thousands of cells that produce mucus and tiny glands that produce tears.’
  • 19) ‘It is spread by contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person.’
  • 20) ‘Physiotherapy helps clear the thick, sticky mucus from the lungs.’
  • 21) ‘A person with cystic fibrosis produces thick, sticky mucus that provides a perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth.’
  • 22) ‘The cervical mucus plugs the cervical canal and normally prevents foreign materials from entering the reproductive tract.’
  • 23) ‘We therefore sought to study the mechanisms by which this increase in airway mucus production is regulated.’
  • 24) ‘Your baby's doctor may recommend saline nose drops or saltwater nasal spray to loosen thick nasal mucus.’
  • 25) ‘The normal physiologic vaginal discharge comprises vaginal secretions, exfoliated cells and cervical mucus.’
  • 26) ‘Excess mucus in the airways causes severe cough and discomfort, and can lead to further obstruction and inflammation.’
  • 27) ‘Calcium ions have been mentioned as a possible means of stiffening a mucus secretion.’
  • 28) ‘Davis worries that inhibitors of mucus secretion might block activity of beneficial proteins.’
  • 29) ‘If necessary to loosen mucus in the nose, you can use salt water nose drops.’
  • 30) ‘The bacteria feed on mucus secreted by glands on the worms' backs.’
  • 31) ‘Common symptoms include shortness of breath, chronic coughing and increased mucus production.’
  • 32) ‘Other symptoms include a fever, tenderness over your face, and thick green or yellow mucus in your nose.’
  • 33) ‘Actually coughing is a healthy reflex that helps clear mucus or phlegm in the throat and chest.’
  • 34) ‘To increase participation, we also collected nasal mucus by asking volunteers to blow their noses into a paper tissue.’
  • 35) ‘Dysentery was defined as the presence of blood and mucus in the stools.’
  • 36) ‘Coughing is good because it helps to clear foreign objects and mucus from your lungs and breathing tubes.’
  • 37) ‘Excess mucus occurs only in some pathological conditions, and makes its presence known in the stools.’
  • 38) ‘The tube feet, arranged in groups of three on the pinnules, are coated with mucus that ensnares the prey.’
  • 39) ‘This plant secretes mucus from a stalk.’
  • 40) ‘mucus produced by the plant provides temporary and effective protection from petroleum damage.’


  • 1) And finally the mucous membrane, thick and rich in blood vessels at the top and gradually thinner and paler below.
  • 2) Can you see the flaps of mucous membrane projecting on the inside?
  • 3) Every month, for a few days prior to menstruation, the inside lining of the womb (what we call the mucous membrane or endometrium) becomes congested and its bloodvessels become distended with blood.
  • 4) This type of polyp tends to retain mucous and is inflamed, which causes bleeding when the stool passes by the polyp and some of the surface cells shed.
  • 5) It has additionally been traditionally used for breathlessness, clearing mucous from the respiratory system, soothing coughs, assisting divert as great as semen prolongation as great as as an insecticide opposite lice.
  • 6) The interior of the body is likewise lined with a covering, which is termed mucous membrane, from the fact that from its surface, or from certain special glands within it, or from both, there is constantly being secreted a thin semi-transparent fluid called mucus.
  • 7) The mucous is a protective coating in their intestines that prevents punctures by sharp fish bones.
  • 8) An _inner coat_, or lining, known as the mucous membrane.
  • 9) ‘Blood loss through the rectum, mucous discharge, altered bowel habit, and straining are common features of recurrent rectal cancer.’
  • 10) ‘The vocal cords are actually two sets of folds formed on each side of the mucous lining of the larynx blending with fibrous tissue.’
  • 11) ‘Rubbing your eye can lead to encrusted eyelids, mucous discharge and further irritation.’
  • 12) ‘The utility of flexible bronchoscopy in the setting of retained secretions is aimed at clearing thick mucous secretions and plugs.’
  • 13) ‘There are different types - some are filled with a watery liquid, and others with a thicker, mucous substance.’
  • 14) ‘Screening of women with acceptable cervical mucous score was done in the month previous to the one in which the formulation was tested.’
  • 15) ‘The submandibular glands produce a mixture of serous and mucous saliva.’
  • 16) ‘In addition, cool mist moistens secretions, soothes inflamed mucosa, and decreases the viscosity of mucous secretions.’
  • 17) ‘The mucous film covering his eyes was an infection that was treated successfully with antibiotic drops.’
  • 18) ‘Various therapies have been proposed to treat digital mucous cysts.’
  • 19) ‘If this mucous blockage lasts too long, bacteria sometimes multiply to excess because they seem to thrive on any blocked body system.’
  • 20) ‘Dry mouth can result from reduced mucous and saliva secretions.’
  • 21) ‘The possibility of obstruction mandates bronchoscopy to rule out mucous plugs, tumor, or a foreign body.’
  • 22) ‘Saprophytic fungal infestation is the finding of fungal spores on mucous crusts of respiratory passages.’
  • 23) ‘Very occasional mucous cells were interspersed with the columnar cells.’
  • 24) ‘Mucin stains revealed approximately one quarter of the pale cells contained mucous substances.’
  • 25) ‘They stop acid being produced and give the stomach's protective, mucous lining time to heal itself.’
  • 26) ‘Therefore if taken internally they can be extremely toxic and if used without dilution externally, the result will be damage to dermal or mucous tissue.’
  • 27) ‘A daily ration of these herbs helps to thin mucous secretions and clears lung congestion, which is often a problem for emphysema sufferers.’
  • 28) ‘It's a licorice extract that is nontoxic, that increases the mucous coating in the esophagus and makes it more resistant to acid.’

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