the thick mucus secreted in the respiratory passages and discharged through the mouth, especially that occurring in the lungs and throat passages, as during a cold.
one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing sluggishness or apathy.
sluggishness, indifference, or apathy.
self-possession, calmness, or composure.
- phlegmless, adjective
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How to use phlegm in a sentence
If pathogens make it through your airways to the lungs, those pathogens can get stuck on phlegm.
Jellyfish snot can hurt people who never touch the animalGood germs lurk in gross placesThis tube worm’s glowing slime may help sustain its own shineFor coughing up phlegm, water is keyAh-choo!
In a world of physicians who thought you only needed to balance your humors in order to be well, Santorio wanted to know exactly how much phlegm was going into the equation.Why were chainsaws invented? To help with childbirth. | empire | July 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
I was never sure whether this was phlegm or the onset of lunacy.
There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.
So after my father died I wrote a book, Fathers and Sons, with the intention of casting the Wavian phlegm out of my system.Evelyn Waugh's Grandson on the Secret Behind 'Brideshead' | Alexander Waugh | April 17, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
The music and dancing are as dull as might be expected among beings so full of phlegm.
The Schoolmaster held his own horse and Lass, startled out of her peaceful phlegm by the terrifying roar and heat.The Pioneers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
It is occasioned by the corruption of the meat, and the corruption of phlegm with a choleric humour.
Sometimes it happeneth by reason of the shrinking of certain sinews which go to the tongue, which are corrupted with phlegm.
It proceeds from a weakness of the spirits, or because warmth of digestion cause phlegm to abound in them.
British Dictionary definitions for phlegm
the viscid mucus secreted by the walls of the respiratory tract
archaic one of the four bodily humours
apathy; stolidity; indifference
self-possession; imperturbability; coolness
- phlegmy, adjective
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Scientific definitions for phlegm
Thick mucus produced by the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, as during a cold or other respiratory infection.
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