Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Middle English Middle English fleem, fleume, from Old French fleume, from late Latin phlegma ‘clammy moisture (of the body)’, from Greek phlegma ‘inflammation’, from phlegein ‘to burn’
  • unavailable
  • passiveness
  • stoicism
  • dispassion
  • coolness
  • unavailable
  • interest
  • liveliness
  • concern
1. the thick mucus secreted in the respiratory passages and discharged through the mouth, especially that occurring in the lungs and throat passages, as during a cold
2. self-possession, calmness, or composure
1. A) The doctor said it was normal for him to produce phlegm because of his cold. B) The medication she took helped reduce her phlegm.
2. A) Rory’s perpetual state of phlegm at such a young age impressed her grandparents. B) It is important to display a sense of phlegm when dealing with a sensitive situation.
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