[ 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

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word hūmōrālis. See humor, -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for humoral


/ (ˈhjuːmərəl) /


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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for humoral


[ hyōōmər-əl ]


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