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1. Thick and adhesive. Used of a fluid.
2. Covered with a sticky or clammy coating.

[Late Latin viscidus, from Latin viscum, mistletoe, birdlime made from mistletoe berries.]

vis·cid′i·ty, vis′cid·ness n.
vis′cid·ly adv.


1. cohesive and sticky; glutinous; viscous
2. (Botany) (esp of a leaf) covered with a sticky substance
[C17: from Late Latin viscidus sticky, from Latin viscum mistletoe or birdlime]
visˈcidity, ˈviscidness n
ˈviscidly adv


(ˈvɪs ɪd)

1. having a glutinous consistency; sticky; viscous.
2. Bot. covered by a sticky substance.
[1625–35; < Late Latin viscidus < Latin visc(um) (see viscous)]
vis•cid′i•ty, n.
vis′cid•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.viscid - having the sticky properties of an adhesive
adhesive - tending to adhere


Having a heavy, gluey quality:


[ˈvɪsɪd] ADJviscoso


adj (form)zähflüssig; (Bot) → klebrig
References in classic literature ?
But as the excretion is extremely viscid, it is probably a convenience to the aphides to have it removed; and therefore probably the aphides do not instinctively excrete for the sole good of the ants.
As the quart insensibly passes into the sandstone, it seems probable tha the former owes its origin to the sandstone having bee heated to such a degree that it became viscid, and upon cooling crystallized.
It seemed to have become vegetable; to have degenerated in that rank, sunless air to lush lichen or spreading moss that grew in patches to the staircase and was viscid under the foot like organic matter.
Bromhexine, a semisynthetic derivative of vasicine, is a mucolytic agent used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis and asthma associated with viscid or excessive mucus.
For that reason, desalination of seawater or mineralized groundwater is becoming a highly significant technology in today's viscid environment.
3) Fluid encountered at the time of surgery is commonly viscid and gray-green, brown, or yellow.
The ANN results were compared to the semi-theoretical solution based on a combination of results in viscid from flow theory, turbulent flow theory, and interfacial friction experiments of the two solutions.
The norm was motor bikes and bicycles parked in the hall; pyramids of empty beer cans; telephone messages scrawled on the wallpaper; about a month's worth of washing up in the kitchen and a fridge festooned in a viscid mass.
Developed by InnoPharma, Acetylcysteine Solution, USP, is prescribed as adjuvant therapy for patients with abnormal, viscid, or inspissated mucous secretions in conditions that include chronic bronchopulmonary disease, acute bronchopulmonary disease, pulmonary complications of cystic fibrosis and post-traumatic chest ailments.
The signs and symptoms that may be seen here include menorrhagia with a profuse, stringy, acrid viscid yellow leucorrhoea after the menstrual flow has subsided.
Despite the possibly glacial theoretical sounding of the title and the way the text shall proceed from here (perhaps inconsistently), it is essentially not another viscid gathering of scholastic words on monism, let alone an ecstatic, bemused first-time attempt at modeling Reality.
Getting rid of my miserable garlic press that had only been used once, I understood why Anthony Bourdain, chef and author, called it an "abomination" and connected with his suspicion of the viscid juice that resulted to present us garlic-press owners with something he insists "ain't garlic".