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A watery distillation, especially one obtained from plant matter; an aqueous solution
One of the four humors making up the body in ancient and mediaeval medicine; said to be cold and moist, and often identified with mucus

Each person's unique mixture of these substances determines his temperament: a predominance of blood gives a sanguine temperament; a predominance of phlegm makes one phlegmatic; yellow bile, bilious (or choleric); and black bile, melancholic.

Viscid mucus produced by the body, later especially mucus expelled from the bronchial passages by coughing

Even some members of the new bourgeoisie indulge in conspicuously boorish behavior, like hawking phlegm onto the pavement or picking their noses at business meetings..

Calmness of temperament, composure; also seen negatively, sluggishness, indifference

But Swedish Nazis also talked of the necessity of saving Sweden from Bolshevism, and with the menacing Berlin radio gnawing in their ears many Swedes lost their Scandinavian phlegm.

{n} a watery humor of the body
Thick mucous from the respiratory passage
thick mucous secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory passages
apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
mucus secreted in the respiratory passages
Sluggishness of temperament; dullness; want of interest; indifference; coldness
One of the four humors of which the ancients supposed the blood to be composed
expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
A watery distilled liquor, in distinction from a spirituous liquor
Viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory and digestive passages
Viscid mucus secreted in the respiratory and digestive passages
Phlegm arises from stagnation of the body fluids It can cause symptoms such as mucous in the Lungs, nodules on joints, kidney or gall stones and/or lumps under the skin If it blocks the Heart orifices it can cause some forms of mental illness
inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
Thick mucous from the respiratory passages
{i} moisture; mucus; slowness; apathy, indifference
Abnormal amounts of mucus; phlegm coughed up through the mouth is called sputum
may be a visible, sticky substance such as mucus or metaphorical to indicate a disorder that causes a reduction in the flow of qi
thick mucus especially from the respitory tract
Thick mucus, especially that from the respiratory passages (CMD 1997)
Phlegm is the thick yellowish substance that develops in your throat and at the back of your nose when you have a cold. = mucus
characterized by phlegm; "a phlegmy discharge"
characterized by phlegm; "a phlegmy discharge
{s} apathetic, indifferent; self-composed, calm; phlegmatic, being full of phlegm (formerly believed to cause apathy)



    [ 'flem ] (noun.) 13th century. From Old French fleume, Middle French phlegme (French flegme), and their source, Latinphlegma, from Ancient Greek φλέγμα (phlegma, “flame; inflammation; clammy humor in the body”), from φλέγειν (“to burn”). Compare phlox, flagrant, flame, bleak (adjective), fulminate.

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