What does atrabiliary mean?

atrabiliary meaning in General Dictionary

Of or related to atra bilis or black colored bile a liquid previously allowed to be from the kidneys

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  • Of or with respect to atra bilis or black bile, a fluid formerly said to be generated by the kidneys.
  • Melancholic or hypohondriac; atrabilious; -- from supposed predominance of black colored bile, towards influence which the ancients attributed hypochondria, melancholy, and mania.

atrabiliary meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1725, from Medieval Latin atrabilarius; see atrabilious.


atrabiliary meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Of or pertaining to atra bilis or black colored bile, a fluid previously supposed to be from the kidneys.

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  • (a.) Melancholic or hypohondriac; atrabilious; -- from the expected predominance of black colored bile, on influence which the ancients attributed hypochondria, melancholy, and mania.