Definitions for: Phlegm

[n] inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
[n] expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
[n] apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

2. (Physiol.) Viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in
the respiratory and digestive passages.

3. (Old Chem.) A watery distilled liquor, in distinction from
a spirituous liquor. --Crabb.

4. Sluggishness of temperament; dullness; want of interest;
indifference; coldness.

They judge with fury, but they write with phlegm.

Synonyms: emotionlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, indifference, languor, lethargy, sluggishness, sputum, stolidity, unemotionality

See Also: apathy, bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour, inactiveness, inactivity, inertia, liquid body substance, mucous secretion, mucus

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