black bile definition

  • noun:
    • one of several four humors of old and medieval physiology, supposed to cause melancholy when present in extra.
    • one of many four humours of ancient and mediaeval physiology, that has been thought to be secreted because of the kidneys and spleen and also to trigger melancholy and despair whenever within extra.
    • See atrabile.
    • a humor that was once thought to be secreted because of the kidneys or spleen and cause despair and melancholy
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