(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)
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).
From Saturnus, the planet, an alchemists' term for lead.
2. Applies to seismically induced fluctuations in wells, streams, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.
3. Groundwater level changes in response to earthquake activity.
4. The role of water in the generation of intraplate seismicity.
When a massive undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean generated deadly tsunamis December, 2005, some groundwater monitoring wells recorded the catastrophic event in the United States.
2. The theory that every physical object is composed of two principles, an unchanging prime matter and a form deprived of actuality with every substantial change of the object.
3. A metaphysical view according to which every natural body consists of two intrinsic principles, one potential (namely, primary matter) and one actual (namely, substantial form); the permanent principle is matter, the actual principle is form.
2. The doctrine that God and matter or the material universe are identical or united as one; material pantheism.
2. A condition resulting from exposure to ambient gas pressure, or atmospheric pressures, exceeding the pressures within the body.
2. An instance of hyperbole or an exaggerated statement.