One of the four humours, related to the season of
autumn and the element of water. It denotes a cold and moist temperament and
the word ‘phlegmatic’ is often used to describe someone who is emotionally
sensitive, lacking in active motivation, therefore sluggish in responses and
often having a weak constitution. In physiology the phlegmatic humour is
traditionally reputed to be seated in phlegm, which creates slipperiness to
support the principle of ejection and elimination of processed waste.