phlegmless, adj.
/flem/, n.
1. the thick mucus secreted in the respiratory passages and discharged through the mouth, esp. that occurring in the lungs and throat passages, as during a cold.
2. one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing sluggishness or apathy.
3. sluggishness, indifference, or apathy.
4. self-possession, calmness, or composure.
[1350-1400; ME fleem < MF flemme < LL phlegma < Gk phlégma flame, phlegmatic humor, equiv. to phlég(ein) to burn + -ma resultative n. suffix]
Syn. 3. impassivity.
Ant. 3. animation, concern.

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