phlegm

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noun \ ˈflem \

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

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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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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PHLEGM Defined for English Language Learners

phlegm

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Definition of phlegm for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

phlegm

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noun \ ˈflem \

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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