[ ahy-kawr, ahy-ker ]
/ ˈaɪ kɔr, ˈaɪ kər /


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 forms

i·chor·ous [ahy-ker-uh s] /ˈaɪ kər əs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ichor


/ (ˈaɪkɔː) /


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 Forms

ichorous, adjective

Word Origin for ichor

C17: from Greek ikhōr, of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions for ichor


[ īkôr′, īkər ]


A watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer.

Related forms

ichor•ous (īkər-əs) adj.
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