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What is the difference between phlegm and mucus?

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Answered 2007-05-11 22:49:04

Phlegm is mucous. It is generally referred to as "phlegm" and sometimes as "sputum" when referring to mucous found in the throat or expelled from the lungs/bronchial passages by way of a cough.

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