yellow bile


Definition of yellow bile

: a humor believed in medieval physiology to be secreted by the liver and to cause irascibility

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Recent Examples on the Web To be fair, Hippocrates also thought that among the most important factors in anyone’s health was their balance of black and yellow bile. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2021 The four humors that must remain in balance in my body are luxury, snacks, yellow bile, and HOT GOSS. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Illness was thought to be caused either by a blockage of a flow within the body or by an imbalance of the four humors (blood, yellow bile, black bile, phlegm). Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 Four humors, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood, make up the human body. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2020 Partly based on the Greek philosophy of four humors — black bile, phlegm, yellow bile and blood — as the basis of emotions, temperament and health, bloodletting was believed to remedy disease caused by imbalanced humors. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 17 Oct. 2020 Roberta Bivins points out in her history of alternative medicine that for most of Western history, medical wisdom held that physical health relied on the balance of the four humors (blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm). Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2020 Between the 2nd and the 18th centuries, medicine defined health depending on four humors: blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile. Fay Bound Alberti, Quartz, 25 Nov. 2019 Galen, the Greco-Roman physician of the second century, argued that all human pathology could be conceptualized as imbalances of humors—black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 15 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of yellow bile

1634, in the meaning defined above

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yellow bile

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Medical Definition of yellow bile

: the one of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology that was believed to be secreted by the liver and to cause irascibility


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