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[hyoo-mer-uh l or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mər əl or, often, ˈyu-/
adjective, Physiology.
of, relating to, or proceeding from a fluid of the body.
Origin of humoral
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word hūmōrālis. See humor, -al1 Unabridged
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  • These last were the very earliest advocates of the humoral pathology.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • The humoral theory of Sydenham, and the threefold action supposed by Broussais, were further advances in the right direction.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • humoral theories, less easy to test, preserved an appearance of generality and were easily admitted.

  • Soon after that, Behring discovered antitoxins, and this seemed to favour the chemical or humoral theory of immunity.

  • These diseases were those of a humoral type, especially such as are characterized by issues and ulcers.

    The Myths of the New World Daniel G. Brinton
  • These results having been established, it seemed as if the last rampart of the humoral theory had been taken by storm.

  • According to humoral doctrine, fever demanded a purging, not the intake of additional substances.

  • Galen strictly followed Hippocrates in the latter's humoral theory of pathology, and also in therapeutics to a great extent.

  • Those were the days of humoral pathology, when disturbances of secretion were supposed to be the basis of all disease.

  • Then came the great "humoral" or "vital fluid" theory of disease which ruled during the Middle Ages.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for humoral


(immunol) denoting or relating to a type of immunity caused by free antibodies circulating in the blood
(obsolete) of or relating to the four bodily fluids (humours)
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Word Origin and History for humoral

"pertaining to the humors of the body," 1520s, from Middle French humoral (14c.), from Latin humor (see humor (n.)).

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humoral in Medicine

humoral hu·mor·al (hyōō'mər-əl)

  1. Relating to body fluids, especially serum.

  2. Relating to or arising from any of the bodily humors.

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