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1. phlegm

noun. ['ˈflɛm'] expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness.

Synonyms

  • mucous secretion
  • mucus

Antonyms

  • concern
  • busyness
  • swing

Etymology

  • fleume (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • phlegma (Latin)

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2. phlegm

noun. ['ˈflɛm'] apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions.

Synonyms

  • impassivity
  • apathy
  • stolidity
  • emotionlessness
  • indifference
  • impassiveness

Antonyms

  • state
  • behaviour
  • eructation
  • behavior

Etymology

  • fleume (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • phlegma (Latin)

3. phlegm

noun. ['ˈflɛm'] inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy.

Synonyms

  • languor
  • sluggishness
  • inertia
  • inactiveness
  • inactivity
  • flatness

Antonyms

  • strength
  • activity
  • action
  • brightness

Etymology

  • fleume (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • phlegma (Latin)

Example sentences of the word phlegm


1. Noun, singular or mass
You can take cough suppressants if you have dry cough or cough expectorants if you have a productive cough (cough with phlegm).

2. Noun, plural
Coughing up phlegm or blood may be indicative of a serious health condition, however, so be sure to consult a physician and follow medical advice before engaging in self-treatment with sage tea.

3. Adjective
If you have a respiratory issue that has caused phlegm buildup in your body, foods that contain citric acid can be helpful.

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