Mucilage definition

myo͝osə-lĭj
Any of various viscous, water-soluble polysaccharides produced by certain plants, algae, and microorganisms.
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A sticky substance used as an adhesive.
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Any of various thick, sticky substances produced in certain plants.
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Any watery solution of gum, glue, etc. used as an adhesive.
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A thick gluey substance (gum) produced by many plants and some microorganisms.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mucilage
Plural:
mucilages

Origin of mucilage

  • Middle English muscilage from Old French mucilage from Late Latin mūcilāgō mūcilāgin- from Latin mūcēre to be moldy, musty from mūcus mucus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition