visco-, visc-, viscos-, viscosi- +

(Latin: sticky, stickiness)

From Late Latin viscidus, from Latin viscum, "mistletoe".

1. Having a glutinous consistency; sticky; adhesive; viscous.
2. Covered with a sticky or clammy coating.
3. In botany, covered by a sticky substance.
1. Stickiness; adhesiveness.
2. The property of being cohesive and sticky.
1. In orchid flowers, a sticky disc at the end of the stalk of the pollinium, by which it is attached to an insect's head.
2. A sticky substance in flowers used to collect pollen or pollinia; entomological orchid pollination uses the viscidium dually.

When an insect initially becomes engaged with a second flower of a compatible species, the viscidium of this flower grabs the pollinia off of the host insect's back or head and sends the genetics down the column to the ovary of the flower which is located in the stalk.

If the insect is lacking pollinia clusters to implant into the viscidium, it simply receives a coating of sticky matter which will in return collect pollinia from the anther cap as it disengages the flower.

Having the characteristics of being cohesive and sticky.
viscidosis (cystic fibrosis)
A generalized disorder of infants, children and young adults, in which there is widespread dysfunction of the exocrine glands, characterized by signs of chronic pulmonary disease (due to excess mucus production in the respiratory tract), pancreatic deficiency, abnormally high levels of electrolytes in the sweat, and occasionally by biliary cirrhosis (a rare form of liver disease which results in the irreversible destruction of the liver and bile ducts).
1. A clear, viscous, tasteless substance extracted from the mucilaginous sap of the mistletoe (Viscum album), holly, etc.
2. A substance obtained from various plants; especially, from berries of mistletoe.
1. A thick, golden-brown viscous solution of cellulose xanthate, used in the manufacture of rayon and cellophane.
2. A viscous solution prepared by treating cellulose with caustic soda and carbon bisulfide; used in manufacturing regenerated cellulose fibers, sheets, or tubes, as rayon or cellophane.
viscosimeter, viscosimetric; viscometer, viscometric
An apparatus for determining the viscosity of a fluid; in medicine, usually of the blood.
1. Internal friction in fluids due to adherence of particles to one another.
2. Resistance of a liquid to sheer forces (and hence to flow).

Water has a lower viscosity than molasses and so, as a result, it flows more easily.

Having relatively high resistance to flow (high viscosity).