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noun 
  1. (context, chemistry, historical) The hypothetical fiery principle formerly assumed to be a necessary constituent of combustible bodies and to be given up by them in burning.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: phlogiston
  • German: Phlogiston, Caloricum
  • Italian: flogisto
  • Spanish: flogisto
Etymology: Coined by w:Georg Ernst Stahl, Stahl in 1702, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ), neuter of (polytonic, ) "inflammable", from (polytonic, ) "to set fire to", from (polytonic, ) "flame".


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