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[hyoo-mer-uh l or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mər əl or, often, ˈyu-/
adjective, Physiology
of, relating to, or proceeding from a fluid of the body.
Origin of humoral
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin hūmōrālis. See humor, -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for humoral
  • There are two basic types of immune responses: humoral, or antibody-mediated, and cellular.
  • humoral medicine eventually morphed into humoral psychology.
British Dictionary definitions for humoral


(immunol) denoting or relating to a type of immunity caused by free antibodies circulating in the blood
(obsolete) of or relating to the four bodily fluids (humours)
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Word Origin and History for humoral

"pertaining to the humors of the body," 1520s, from Middle French humoral (14c.), from Latin humor (see humor (n.)).

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humoral in Medicine

humoral hu·mor·al (hyōō'mər-əl)

  1. Relating to body fluids, especially serum.

  2. Relating to or arising from any of the bodily humors.

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