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phlegm

phlegm

noun \ˈflem\

: 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
phlegmy \ˈfle-mē\ adjective

Examples of PHLEGM

  1. He displayed remarkable phlegm in very dangerous conditions.
  2. <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

Other Physiology Terms

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

Rhymes with PHLEGM

phlegm

noun \ˈflem\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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