What is another word for mucus?

Pronunciation: [mjˈuːkəs] (IPA)

Mucus is a thick, sticky substance produced by the body's mucous membranes. Synonyms for mucus include phlegm, sputum, slime, and nasal discharge, which are all substances that serve to lubricate, protect and cleanse the body's delicate tissues. Other terms that may be used to describe mucus or its related functions include muck, goop, chyme, and feces. Depending on the context, these terms may be used interchangeably or more specifically to describe certain types of mucus or bodily fluids. Regardless of the terminology used, mucus remains an important part of the human body's natural defense and healing mechanisms.

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  • Equivalence

    • Noun, singular or mass
      mucous.
  • Independent

    • Noun, singular or mass
      mucosa.
  • Other Related

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Usage examples for Mucus

Because of its situation, the opinion of the ancients was that it was the source of the mucus of the nose, an opinion reinforced by the greatest anatomist of the Dark Ages, Galen, and held up to the seventeenth century.
"The Glands Regulating Personality"
Louis Berman, M.D.
But what writers so often do is to tell the adventures of imaginary people, write plays where persons behave as no one ever behaves in real life; or they turn to what is called serious literature, and write a history of things of which no one can ever know the truth; or they make wise and subtle comments on the writings of great authors, covering them with shining tracks, as when snails crawl over a wall and leave their mucus behind them.
"The Silent Isle"
Arthur Christopher Benson
White mucus flowed from their nostrils, and their limbs were stiff, as if they had all been frozen by the cold during the night.
"Salammbo"
Gustave Flaubert

Famous quotes with Mucus

  • Winter's here, and you feel lousy: You're coughing and sneezing; your muscles ache; your nose is an active mucus volcano. These symptoms -- so familiar at this time of year -- can mean only one thing: Tiny fanged snails are eating your brain.
    Dave Barry
  • I knew more things in the first ten years of my life than I believe I have known at any time since. I knew everything there was to know about our house for a start. I knew what was written on the undersides of tables and what the view was like from the tops of bookcases and wardrobes. I knew what was to be found at the back of every closet, which beds had the most dust balls beneath them, which ceilings the most interesting stains, where exactly the patterns in wallpaper repeated. I knew how to cross every room in the house without touching the floor, where my father kept his spare change and how much you could safely take without his noticing (one-seventh of the quarters, one-fifth of the nickels and dimes, as many of the pennies as you could carry). I knew how to relax in an armchair in more than one hundred positions and on the floor in approximately seventy- five more. I knew what the world looked like when viewed through a Jell-O lens. I knew how things tasted—damp washcloths, pencil ferrules, coins and buttons, almost anything made of plastic that was smaller than, say, a clock radio, mucus of every variety of course—in a way that I have more or less forgotten now. I knew and could take you at once to any illustration of naked women anywhere in our house, from a Rubens painting of fleshy chubbos in Masterpieces of World Painting to a cartoon by Peter Arno in the latest issue of The New Yorker to my father’s small private library of girlie magazines in a secret place known only to him, me, and 111 of my closest friends in his bedroom.
    Bill Bryson
  • Every time my nose gushed blood, I felt like a little boy who'd wet his pants. I jumped out of the chair, pressed a handkerchief against my face, and hustled toward the nearest bathroom [...] How red the blood looked against the whiteness of the porcelain sink, I thought. How vividly imagined that color was, how aesthetically shocking. The other fluids that came out of us were dull in comparison, the palest of squirts. Whitish spittle, milky semen, yellow pee, green-brown mucus. We excreted autumn and winter colors, but running invisibly through our veins, the very stuff that kept us alive, was the crimson of a mad artist—a red as brilliant as fresh paint.
    Paul Auster

Related words: slime mucus, eye mucus, nose mucus, throat mucus, sticky mucus, clear mucus, green mucus, yellow mucus

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