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black bile

one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing gloominess.
Origin of black bile
1790-1800 Unabridged
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  • Abscess of the liver depends upon some vice of the blood, the bile, the phlegm or the black-bile.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Henry Ebenezer Handerson
British Dictionary definitions for black-bile

black bile

(archaic) one of the four bodily humours; melancholy See humour (sense 8)
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black-bile in Medicine

black bile n.
One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, supposed to cause melancholy when present in excess.

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