Simple Definition of phlegm
: a thick, yellowish liquid that is produced in the nose and throat especially when a person has a cold
: calmness in a difficult or unpleasant situation
Full Definition of phlegm
1 : the one of the four humors in early physiology that was considered to be cold and moist and to cause sluggishness
2 : viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory passages
3 a : dull or apathetic coldness or indifference b : intrepid coolness or calm fortitude
Examples of phlegm
He displayed remarkable phlegm in very dangerous conditions.
<a man of remarkable phlegm, never showing enthusiasm nor displeasure>
Origin of phlegm
Middle English fleume, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin phlegmat-, phlegma, from Greek, flame, inflammation, phlegm, from phlegein to burn — more at black
First Known Use: 13th century
Medical Definition of phlegm
1: the one of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology that was believed to be cold and moist and to cause sluggishness
2: viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory passages
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