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There is a third class of diseases which are produced, some by wind and some by phlegm and some by bile.

Under Teuton phlegm lies an hysteria that rivals that of the Latin races.

A fellow of your phlegm should find pleasure in the contemplation of cabbages.

One of Popes precepts is, to write with fury and correct with phlegm.

I am always annoyed with phlegm, but to-day I seem to snivel more than usual.

There should then be a loosening of the phlegm, and a lessening of the flow through the lungs.

But as he has resigned his own elephant, as if it were phlegm, who will bring back that animal?

Let melancholy rule supreme, Choler preside, or blood, or phlegm.

British phlegm incased his soul, and British leather his feet.

He had no more of the Spanish complexion than of the phlegm of that country.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., fleem "viscid mucus" (the stuff itself and also regarded as a bodily humor), from Old French fleume (13c., Modern French flegme), from Late Latin phlegma, one of the four humors of the body, from Greek phlegma "humor caused by heat," lit "inflammation, heat," from phlegein "to burn," related to phlox (genitive phlogos) "flame, blaze," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Modern form is attested from c.1660. The "cold, moist" humor of the body, in medieval physiology, it was believed to cause apathy.

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