Mucus or Mucous?
Mucus or Mucous?What is the difference between "mucous" and "mucus"?
- "Mucus" is a noun. "Mucus" is a slimy substance secreted by the mucous membranes and glands.
- In the human respiratory system, mucus aids in the protection of the lungs.
- "Mucous" is an adjective. "Mucous" means producing or secreting mucus.
- Some mucous membranes are involved with absorption and secretion.
More about "Mucous"The adjective "mucous" means covering or secreting mucus. It usually modifies the noun "gland" or "membrane." For example:
- Mucous glands are found in several different parts of the body.
- Sodium is excreted by all mucous surfaces and by the liver and kidneys.
More about "Mucus"The noun "mucus" denotes a slimy substance that is produced by the mucous membranes and glands. For example:
- Mucus production in humans thickens in cold weather.
- Nasal mucus is usually clear and thin so it can filter air during inhalation.