|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.