(Phle*bot"o*my) n. [L. phlebotomia, Gr. a vein + to cut: cf. F. phlébotomie. Cf. Fleam.]
(Med.) The act or practice of opening a vein for letting blood, in the treatment of disease; venesection; bloodletting.
(Phlegm) n. [F. phlegme, flegme, L. phlegma, fr. Gr. a flame, inflammation, phlegm, a morbid,
clammy humor in the body, fr. to burn. Cf. Phlox, Flagrant, Flame, Bleak, a., and Fluminate.]
1. One of the four humors of which the ancients supposed the blood to be composed. See Humor.
2. (Physiol.) Viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory and digestive passages.
3. (Old Chem.) A watery distilled liquor, in distinction from a spirituous liquor. Crabb.
4. Sluggishness of temperament; dullness; want of interest; indifference; coldness.
They judge with fury, but they write with phlegm.Pope.
(Phleg"ma*gogue) n. [Gr. carrying of phlegm; phlegm + to lead.] (Old Med.) A medicine
supposed to expel phlegm.
||Phlegmasia dolens (do"lenz) [NL.], milk leg.
(||Phleg*ma"si*a) n. [NL., from Gr. . See Phlegm.] (Med.) An inflammation; more particularly,
an inflammation of the internal organs.
(Phleg*mat"ic) a. [L. phlegmaticus, Gr. : cf. F. phlegmatique.]
1. Watery. [Obs.] "Aqueous and phlegmatic." Sir I. Newton.
2. Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution. Harvey.
3. Generating or causing phlegm. "Cold and phlegmatic habitations." Sir T. Browne.
4. Not easily excited to action or passion; cold; dull; sluggish; heavy; as, a phlegmatic person. Addison.
Phlegmatic temperament (Old Physiol.), lymphatic temperament. See under Lymphatic.
(Phleg*mat"ic*al) a. Phlegmatic. Ash.
(Phleg*mat"ic*al*ly), adv. In a phlegmatic manner.
(Phleg*mat"ic*ly) a. Phlegmatically. [Obs.]
(Phleg"mon) n. [L. phlegmone, phlegmon, inflammation beneath the skin, Gr. fr. to burn: cf.
F. phlegmon.] (Med.) Purulent inflammation of the cellular or areolar tissue.
(Phleg"mon*ous) a. [Cf. F. phlegmoneux.] Having the nature or properties of phlegmon; as,
phlegmonous pneumonia. Harvey.
(Phleme) n. (Surg. & Far.) See Fleam.
(||Phle"um) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a kind of marsh plant.] (Bot.) A genus of grasses, including the
timothy which is highly valued for hay; cat's-tail grass. Gray.
(Phlo"ëm) n. (Bot.) That portion of fibrovascular bundles which corresponds to the inner bark; the
liber tissue; distinguished from xylem.