mucus vs mucous: What's the difference?

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Which is correct: mucus or mucous

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mucusnoun

protective secretion of the mucous 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

mucousadjective

of or secreting or covered with or resembling mucus

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