Definition of Black bile

1. Noun. A humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy.

Definition of Black bile

1. Noun. One of the four humours of ancient and mediaeval physiology, that was believed to be secreted by the kidneys and spleen and to cause melancholy and sadness when present in excess. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Black Bile

black bags
black bamboo
black bead
black beans
black bear
black bearberry
black bears
black bee
black beech
black beetle
black beetles
black belt
black belts
black bile (current term)
black bindweed
black birch
black bloc
black bodies
black body
black book
black box
black box warning
black boxes
black bread
black bream
black brotus
black bryony
black buck

Literary usage of Black bile

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Physiologia of Jean Fernel (1567) by Jean Fernel (2003)
"not black bile. Similarly, often melancholic juice or melancholic blood, ... So it is natural, and must not still be called black bile, but black humor. ..."

2. The British and Foreign Medical Review Or Quarterly Journal of Practical (1840)
"Some of the black bile was next placed in a vessel containing clear water; it was completely ... I first lusted the black bile, which was intensely bitter. ..."

3. Works by William Harvey (1847)
"On their own showing, therefore, the pure blood is no aliment for the body, but a certain mixed fluid, or rather black bile, to which the rest of the ..."

4. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"A medicine which the ancients believed adapted for expelling black bile or melancholy. ... A disease supposed, by the ancients, to be caused by black bile. ..."

5. Biographic Clinics by George Milbry Gould (1903)
"what could have led to the belief in a black bile or choler? As near as we can say, it was a blunder due to the lack of a scientific spirit in anatomy and ..."

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