from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In pathology, pertaining to or proceeding from the humors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or proceeding from, the humors.
  • adjective (Med.) the pathology, or doctrine of the nature of diseases, which attributes all morbid phenomena to the disordered condition of the fluids or humors of the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to the body fluids or humours.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to bodily fluids


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  • For four years, students read the works of Hippocrates, Galen, and Avicenna on humoral theory, temperaments, the nature of man, fevers, and pulse.

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