|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|1.||the viscid mucus secreted by the walls of the respiratory tract|
|2.||archaic one of the four bodily humours|
|3.||apathy; stolidity; indifference|
|4.||self-possession; imperturbability; coolness|
|[C14: from Old French fleume, from Late Latin phlegma, from Greek: inflammation, from phlegein to burn]|
Thick, sticky, stringy mucus secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, as during a cold or other respiratory infection.
One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause sluggishness, apathy, and evenness of temper.
|phlegm (flěm) Pronunciation Key
Thick mucus produced by the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, as during a cold or other respiratory infection.