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[hyoo-mer-uh l or, often, yoo-]
adjective Physiology.
  1. of, relating to, or proceeding from a fluid of the body.
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Origin of humoral

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word hūmōrālis. See humor, -al1
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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.

    Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699

    Thomas P. Hughes

  • 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 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

British Dictionary definitions for humoral


  1. immunol denoting or relating to a type of immunity caused by free antibodies circulating in the blood
  2. 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


  1. Relating to body fluids, especially serum.
  2. Relating to or arising from any of the bodily humors.
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