Wednesday, May 6, 2015

mucus/mucous: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, May 6, 2015

 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.

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