black bile

  1. a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
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  • An example is the belief, originating in classical times, that disease is caused by an imbalance among four bodily humors: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile.
  • By contrast, Rene Descartes notes that there are people "whose cerebella are so troubled and clouded by the violent vapours of black bile, that they ... imagine that they have an earthenware head or are nothing but pumpkins or are made of glass. Warranted Christian Belief
  • ‘Depression’, ‘grief’, ‘melancholia’, ‘black bile’, ‘accidie’ are, it is true, not synonymous, nor do they, probably, refer to precisely the same phenomena; but does that mean that there are no such dark phenomena? Jane O'Grady - Can a machine change your mind?
  • Our bodies were thought to be composed of blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile just as the world at large consisted of earth, air, fire, and water.
  • the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile
  • humors" -- blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile -- and that disease was caused by the undue accumulation of some one of these humors in some organ, which it was the business of the physician to get rid of by blood - letting, blistering, purging, or other means. The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization
  • So if you've got an excess of black bile, you're melancholy; if there's a lot of blood running through you, you're sanguine.
  • Illness, according to Galen, was caused by an imbalance of the body's four humors: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile.
  • According to this theory, the most important determinants of health were the four humours found in the body: blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile.
  • The atrabilious temperament or melancholia is, according to Aristotle, a natural disposition in which there is a preponderance of black bile over the other humours.
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