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[ahy-kawr, ahy-ker]
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  1. Classical Mythology. an ethereal fluid flowing in the veins of the gods.
  2. Pathology. an acrid, watery discharge, as from an ulcer or wound.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The intestinal contents in such cases were not colorless, but consisted of a sanguinolent, ichorous, putrid fluid.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for ichorous


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

Word Origin

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ichorous in Medicine


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