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phlegm

 [flem]
viscid mucus excreted in abnormally large quantities from the respiratory tract.

phlegm

(flem),
1. Abnormal amounts of mucus, especially as expectorated from the mouth.
2. One of the four humors of the body, according to the ancient Greek humoral doctrine.
[G. phlegma, inflammation]

phlegm

(flĕm)
n.
1. Thick, sticky, stringy mucus secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, as during a cold or other respiratory infection.
2. One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause sluggishness, apathy, and evenness of temper.
3. Sluggishness of temperament.
4. Calm self-possession; equanimity.

phlegm′y adj.

phlegm

(flem)
1. Abnormal amounts of mucus, especially as expectorated from the mouth.
2. One of the four humors of the body, according to the ancient Greek humoral doctrine.
[G. phlegma, inflammation]

phlegm

See SPUTUM.

Phlegm

Another word for sputum; material coughed up from a person's airways.
Mentioned in: Expectorants, Isolation

phlegm

(flem)
Abnormal amounts of mucus.
[G. phlegma, inflammation]
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However, if you can't shake off your cough, or it seems to be getting worse, such as you're bringing up coloured mucus, phlegm or blood, it's best to get it checked out so your doctor can rule out the possibility of a chest infection, or more serious diagnoses such as lung cancer," said Dr Luke James, Medical Director at Bupa UK Insurance (bupa.co.uk).
Chronic bronchitis was defined according to the classical symptom-based definition of chronic cough productive of phlegm for at least 3 mo out of a year for a minimum of 2 consecutive years (American Thoracic Society 1995).
While coughing up only a little clear phlegm is considered normal, (http://www.medicaldaily.com/chronic-throat-clearing-damages-your-vocal-cords-what-are-culprits-244547) larger amounts  of phlegm may indicate a developing infection.
They used a similar test to explore links between CT-confirmed emphysema and shortness of breath on exertion, chronic cough and/or phlegm, and 6-minute walk distance.
Using 95% CI with desired precision (d) of 0.01, the sensitivity and specificity of respiratory symptoms [(cough) 14.8% and 94.8%, (phlegm) 14.8% and 91.8%, (wheeze) 12.9% and 91.1% and (shortness of breath) 11.1% and 89.6%]17 was calculated using a sample size calculator for sensitivity and specificity by Dr Lin Naing (Mohd.
People with balanced constitution are generally easygoing and cheerful and do not suffer easily from disease, with strong adaptability to natural and social environment, while the phlegm-dampness constitution, formed due to the accumulation of phlegm and dampness, is characterized by fat posture, flabby abdomen, sticky mouth, and greasy coating on the tongue.
He gave me a small jar and asked me to give a sample of the phlegm. I returned the sample the following morning and the next day received a call from surgery requesting that I attend the Heath Hospital for a chest X-ray.
The first to consider both Chinese- and Sanskrit-language material, it investigates the earliest, formative period of the concept of phlegm in China.
Street artist Phlegm has refused to be photographed doing his work but says it's not because he's trying to like Banksy.
Phlegm will, however, cough up to having done Digbeth's devil.
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