[ahy-kawr, ahy-ker]


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
Related formsi·chor·ous [ahy-ker-uh s] /ˈaɪ kər əs/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ichor

Historical Examples of ichor

  • When their ichor is up, they misbehave as we do when our blood is up, during the fury of war.

  • Then Talus said, ‘Who are you, strange maiden, and where is this ichor of youth?’

    The Heroes

    Charles Kingsley

  • The skin is red and fretted, discharging an ichor which hardens into crusts.

    A Treatise on Sheep:

    Ambrose Blacklock

  • Then Talus said, "Who are you, strange maiden; and where is this ichor of youth?"

  • Winifred was not discontented with her lot—the ichor of youth and good health flowed too strongly in her veins.

British Dictionary definitions for ichor



Greek myth the fluid said to flow in the veins of the gods
pathol a foul-smelling watery discharge from a wound or ulcer
Derived Formsichorous, adjective

Word Origin for ichor

C17: from Greek ikhōr, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for ichor

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

Medicine definitions for ichor


kôr′, īkər]


A watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer.
Related formsichor•ous (īkər-əs) adj.
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