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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

phlegm

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

phlegm

humor effecting temperament of sluggishness. [Medieval Physiology: Hall, 130]
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A DROSINULA cough syrup can greatly help with spasmodic, racking, phlegmy coughs which, like your son's, can be very deep-seated.
The only hint of the disease was a sharp, phlegmy cough.
In children, if it's a severe phlegmy cough, there's a whooping sound after coughing, or it's accompanied by vomiting and extreme tiredness.
What's the deal with the phlegmy speech and faded-opera-singer arm-waving?
It sounds like a deep, phlegmy cough,'' said the youngest brother.
It could lead to relief from conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis - as well as blocked noses and phlegmy chests.
It was a dry cough, not a phlegmy one," says 34-year-old Karen, who lives in Solihull, West Midlands.
The first symptoms are usually a phlegmy cough, sometimes containing blood.