- Classical Mythology. an ethereal fluid flowing in the veins of the gods.
- Pathology. an acrid, watery discharge, as from an ulcer or wound.
Origin of ichor
1630–40; < Late Latin īchōr (in medical sense) < Greek īchṓr
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Examples from the Web for ichorous
The intestinal contents in such cases were not colorless, but consisted of a sanguinolent, ichorous, putrid fluid.
These excavations communicate with the cavity of the stomach, and are usually filled with ichorous pus.
They constantly afford means of exit to the pus or ichorous material discharged by the unhealthy parts below.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
If furuncles incline to become carbunculous, the ichorous matter is speedily changed to good pus, and all danger is averted.Apis Mellifica
C. W. Wolf
If the cracks are deep, with an ichorous discharge and considerable lameness, it will be necessary to poultice the heel.Domestic Animals
Richard L. Allen
- Greek myth the fluid said to flow in the veins of the gods
- pathol a foul-smelling watery discharge from a wound or ulcer
C17: from Greek ikhōr, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for ichorous
1630s, from Greek ikhor, of unknown origin, possibly from a non-Indo-European language. The fluid that serves for blood in the veins of the gods. Related: Ichorous.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer.
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