Phlegm

Phlegm

(?), n. [F. phlegme, flegme, L. phlegma, fr. Gr. a flame, inflammation, phlegm, a morbid, clammy humor in the body, fr. to burn. Cf. Phlox, Flagrant, Flame, Bleak, a., and Fluminate.] 1. One of the four humors of which the ancients supposed the blood to be composed. See Humor. Arbuthnot.
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2. (Physiol.) Viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory and digestive passages.
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3. (Old Chem.) A watery distilled liquor, in distinction from a spirituous liquor. Crabb.
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4. Sluggishness of temperament; dullness; want of interest; indifference; coldness.
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They judge with fury, but they write with phlegm.
Pope.
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