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From Late Latin phlogiston, coined by Stahl in 1702, from Ancient Greek φλογιστόν ‎(phlogistón), neuter of φλογιστός ‎(phlogistós, burnt up, inflammable), from φλογίζω ‎(phlogízō, to set fire to), from φλόξ ‎(phlóx, flame).


  • IPA(key): /flə(ʊ)ˈdʒɪstɒn/


phlogiston ‎(usually uncountable, plural phlogistons)

  1. (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.
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 397:
      Stahl argued that phlogiston could explain combustion, a central concern of eighteenth-century chemistry.

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