humoral

adjective
hu·​mor·​al | \ ˈhyü-mə-rəl How to pronounce humoral (audio) , ˈyü- \

Definition of humoral

1 : of, relating to, proceeding from, or involving a bodily humor (such as a hormone)
2 : relating to or being the part of immunity or the immune response that involves antibodies secreted by B cells and circulating in bodily fluids

Examples of humoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medieval scholars thought the plague arose from causes both universal (unfortunate astrological conjunctions) and particular (corrupted airs and humoral imbalances). Spencer Strub, The New York Review of Books, 25 Mar. 2020 But universities didn’t teach much more than Christian theology, philosophy and humoral theory, which still dominated medical thinking even though it was first popularized in Ancient Greece. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 Even in the early and mid-19th century, physicians were still using humoral theory and competing with homeopaths and botanists for patients; surgeons were a crude last resort. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2020 In the 19th century, numerous discoveries struck the final blow to the humoral system. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 17 May 2017 The way this worked in practice was that doctors would prescribe specific foods to adjust their patient’s humoral balance. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 17 May 2017 If one substance could cure any illness, what did that say about the rest of humoral theory? Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 17 May 2017 In the 19th century, numerous discoveries struck the final blow to the humoral system. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of humoral

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Nov 2021

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“Humoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humoral. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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humoral

adjective
hu·​mor·​al | \ ˈ(h)yüm-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce humoral (audio) \

Medical Definition of humoral

1 : of, relating to, proceeding from, or involving a bodily humor (as a hormone) humoral control of sugar metabolism
2 : relating to or being the part of immunity or the immune response that involves antibodies secreted by B cells and circulating in bodily fluids humoral immunity humoral immune response humoral system of immunity — compare cell-mediated

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