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phlegm

1. the viscid mucus secreted by the walls of the respiratory tract
2. Archaic one of the four bodily humours
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phlegm

[flem]
(physiology)
A viscid, stringy mucus, secreted by the mucosa of the air passages.
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phlegm

humor effecting temperament of sluggishness. [Medieval Physiology: Hall, 130]
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