Mucus vs Mucilage - What's the difference?

mucus | mucilage |


As nouns the difference between mucus and mucilage

is that mucus is (physiology) a slippery secretion from the lining of the mucous membranes while mucilage is a thick gluey substance (gum) produced by many plants and some microorganisms.

mucus

English

(wikipedia mucus)

Noun

(-)
  • (physiology) A slippery secretion from the lining of the mucous membranes.
  • Hyponyms

    * phlegm * rheum

    Derived terms

    * mucoid * mucoidal * mucous * mucilaginous

    mucilage

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A thick gluey substance (gum) produced by many plants and some microorganisms.