mucus vs mucous : Common Errors in English

About mucus vs mucous

Mucous membranes secrete mucus. “Mucus” is the noun and “mucous” is the adjective. It’s not only snotty biologists who insist on distinguishing between these two words.

mucus Meaning(s)

  • (n) 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

mucous Meaning(s)

  • (a) of or secreting or covered with or resembling mucus

mucus in News

  • 10 embarrassing fast-food fails

    Fast food is quick and cheap and tastes delicious in a horribly wonderful way. But whether it's a misguided menu item or an employee hocking up mucus on take-out orders, it seems like there's always something crazy going on at your favorite fast food restaurant.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNN

mucous in News

  • Rhinitis may be cause of nasal drainage

    Since last September and throughout the fall and winter seasons I've had daily drainage, especially in a morning, in the back of my throat. I cough up a yellow mucous. What do you recommend for treatment.
    on June 23, 2013 Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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