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the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membranes of the respiratory passages, especially when produced in excessive or abnormal quantities, e.g., when someone is suffering from a cold. (in medieval science and medicine) one of the four bodily humors, believed to be associated with a calm, stolid, or apathetic temperament. calmness of temperament:phlegm and determination carried them through many difficult situations
Remember that phlegm
is spelled with a g
before the m
, although it is not heard when you say the word.