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Meaning & Definition of Phlegm in English

English

Phlegm

/flɛm/

noun

1. Apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions

    synonym:
  • emotionlessness
  • ,
  • impassivity
  • ,
  • impassiveness
  • ,
  • phlegm
  • ,
  • indifference
  • ,
  • stolidity
  • ,
  • unemotionality

2. Expectorated matter

  • Saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages
  • In ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
    synonym:
  • phlegm
  • ,
  • sputum

3. Inactivity

  • Showing an unusual lack of energy
  • "The general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends"
    synonym:
  • languor
  • ,
  • lethargy
  • ,
  • sluggishness
  • ,
  • phlegm
  • ,
  • flatness