Aug 26, 1995 07:39 AM
by Ann E. Bermingham
To members of Theos-l:
phlogiston (flo-jis'ton', -ten) noun
A hypothetical substance formerly thought to be a volatile constituent of all
combustible substances released as flame in combustion.
[From Greek, neuter of phlogistos, inflammable, from phlogizein, to set on fire,
from phlox, phlog-, flame.]
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