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phlegmatic

adjective phleg·mat·ic \fleg-ˈma-tik\

: not easily upset, excited, or angered

Full Definition of PHLEGMATIC

1
:  resembling, consisting of, or producing the humor phlegm(see phlegm)
2
:  having or showing a slow and stolid temperament
phleg·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PHLEGMATIC

  1. <a strangely phlegmatic response to what should have been happy news>
  2. Some people are phlegmatic, some highly strung. Some are anxious, others risk-seeking. Some are confident, others shy. Some are quiet, others loquacious. We call these differences personality … —Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999

Origin of PHLEGMATIC

(see phlegm)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor

phlegmatic

adjective phleg·mat·ic \fleg-ˈmat-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PHLEGMATIC

1
:  resembling, consisting of, or producing the humor phlegm
2
:  having or showing a slow and stolid temperament
phleg·mat·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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