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

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

(Science: anatomy) A form of connective tissue in an early stage of development, found in the umbilical cord and in the embryo, and also in certain tumours called myxomata.

Origin: L. Mucosus, fr. Mucus mucus.