One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The study or science of humour.
2The theory that health, disease, and temperament are determined by the four humours of the body, or by bodily fluids generally; = humoralism. Also: the study of the relationship between the humours and health and temperament. Now historical.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Southey (1774–1843), poet and reviewer. From humour + -ology.
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