Definitions

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  • n. A vitiated state of the humours, or bodily fluids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vitiated state of the humors, or fluids, of the body, esp. of the blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A morbid state of the fluids of the body; “abundance of corrupt humors in the body, caused by bad nourishment, or by ill digestion”

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek κακός (kakos, "bad") + χυμός (khumos, "juice") +‎ -ia.

Examples

  • [4105] Henricus Ayrerus in a consultation for a melancholy person, would have him take as few purges as he could, because there be no such medicines, which do not steal away some of our strength, and rob the parts of our body, weaken nature, and cause that cacochymia, which [4106] Celsus and others observe, or ill digestion, and bad juice through all the parts of it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The Fountain of Hercules, laxative and tartaric, had proved its efficacy in cases of enlarged spleen, hare-lip, vertigo, apoplexy, cachexia, cacodoria, cacochymia senilis and chilblains.

    South Wind

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