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A thick nasal secretion.
Synonym(s): glairy mucus
[L. phlegm or thick mucous secretion]
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nempe cholica, dolore articulorum, calculo, haemorrhoidibus, febri iasthmate, capitis dolore, pituita, sanguinis vomitatione, denique pediculi undique scantentibus exersus, infelicissime ac foedissime obiit."
is a common concourse and cavity of them both; and hath two passages; the one to receive Pituita [phlegm], the other extends itself to the fourth creek [ventricle, or the hinder part], in this they place Imagination.
High social position or intellectual pursuits were thought not only to create distinctive illnesses but also to demand special cures.(3) For this reason, the humanist physician Marsilio Ficino had devoted the first book of his widely translated De triplici vita (Three Books on Life, 1489) to "Caring for the Health of Students or Those Who Work in Letters." Following the ideas of such natural philosophers as Democritus, Plato, and Aristotle, Ficino, warns intellectuals and men of letters against the dangers of two humors: phlegm and black bile, or pituita and melancholy.