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phlegmatic

 [fleg-mat´ik]
of dull and sluggish temperament.

phleg·mat·ic

(fleg-mat'ik),
Relating to the heavy one of the four ancient Greek humors (see phlegm), and therefore calm, apathetic, unexcitable.
[G. phlegmatikos, relating to phlegm]

phlegmatic

/phleg·mat·ic/ (fleg-mat´ik) of dull and sluggish temperament.

phlegmatic

[flegmat′ik]
Etymology: Gk, phlegma, mucus, sluggishness
pertaining to a person who may be dull or apathetic, or calm and composed to an extent that excitation is difficult.

phleg·mat·ic

(fleg-mat'ik)
A term derived from the Greek theory of temperaments or humors; phlegm is the heaviest, so this temperaments is therefore calm, apathetic, unexcitable.
[G. phlegmatikos, relating to phlegm]
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