humid-, humor- +
(Latin: moist, moisture, wet, damp)
The correct spelling of the Latin origins is umor, umere, umidus. The spelling with the initial h is a result of folk (false) etymology, which once associated these words with Latin humus, "earth".
2. To make less humid or to remove atmospheric moisture from something or a place.
2. Containing a high amount of water or water vapor; noticeably moist; such as, humid air; a humid climate.
2. The process of making an area moist or of increasing the moisture content; especially in the air.
2. A machine, or special equipment, designed for increasing the humidity in a room, greenhouse, or other enclosure.
2. A situation in which there is a high amount of moisture in the air.
2. That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement: a writer skilled at crafting humor.
3. The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.
4. Etymology: from 1340, "fluid" or "juice of an animal or plant", from Anglo-Norman humour, from Old French humor, from Latin umor, "body fluid"; related to umere, "be wet, moist", and to uvescere, "become wet".
In ancient and medieval physiology, "any of the four body fluids" (blood, phlegm, choler, and melancholy or black bile) whose relative proportions were thought to determine the state of people's minds.
This led to a sense of "mood" or "temporary state of mind"; the sense of "amusing quality, funny" is first recorded in 1682, probably by way of the sense of "whim, caprice", which also produced the verb sense of "indulge".
2. A light or whimsical piece of music; especially, from the 19th-century.
2. In medicine, humor refers to a fluid (or semifluid) substance.
As such, the aqueous humor is the fluid normally present in the front and rear chambers of the eye.
The humors were part of an ancient theory that held that health came from balance between the bodily liquids. These liquids were termed humors. Disease arose when imbalance occurred between the humors.
- Phlegm (water).
- Gall (black bile thought to be secreted by the kidneys and spleen).
- Choler (yellow bile secreted by the liver).
The humors were:
The humoral theory (also called humoralism was devised well before Hippocrates (c.460-c.375 BC). It was not definitively demolished until Rudolf Virchow published his formative book, Cellularpathologie, in 1858, which laid out the cellular basis of pathology.
Pathology now rests on a cellular and molecular foundation. The humors have been dispelled, except for the aqueous humor (and its related elements).
2. Anyone known to be amusing and to have a quick wit.
3. A person who writes, or performs, comic material.
2. Full of, or characterized by being funny, comical; or by being facetious: "Originally the word humorous referred to a person's humors, or moods."
"A medieval book on medicine might include descriptions of humorous illnesses; however, these were not joke sicknesses. Now when people born after 1700 say something is humorous, it means they think it's funny and that it no longer indicates being sick as it was in its original usage."