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phlegm

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noun \ˈflem\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of phlegm

  1. 1 :  the one of the four humors in early physiology that was considered to be cold and moist and to cause sluggishness

  2. 2 :  viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory passages

  3. 3 a :  dull or apathetic coldness or indifference b :  intrepid coolness or calm fortitude

phlegmy play \ˈfle-mē\ adjective

Examples of phlegm in a sentence

  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

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Medical Dictionary

phlegm

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noun \ˈflem\

Medical Definition of phlegm

  1. 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. 2:  viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory passages





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