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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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Examples from the Web for humoral
Historical Examples
  • According to humoral doctrine, fever demanded a purging, not the intake of additional substances.

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

  • These last were the very earliest advocates of the humoral pathology.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • 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
  • 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
  • Then came the great "humoral" or "vital fluid" theory of disease which ruled during the Middle Ages.

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

  • These results having been established, it seemed as if the last rampart of the humoral theory had been taken by storm.

  • humoral theories, less easy to test, preserved an appearance of generality and were easily admitted.

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

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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