Acrimony, (from acer, sharp J. This term is applicable to any substances that produce particular sensations from the actions of that stimulus which they possess, and which we express by the different terms, sharpness, eagerness, tartness, acid, alkali, etc.; but it is more strictly applicable to some states of the humours in the human body, as acrimony of the bile, and other fluids, which are, by the laws of the animal economy, constantly thrown out of the machine; for, except when in a morbid state, the fluids are free from all acrimony. Acrimony is often accused as a cause of various diseases, without a distinct idea of its nature, or indeed a sufficient evidence of its existence. Modern pathologists are more moderate; yet we hear of. gouty and scrofulous humours, of cancerous and other acrimonies which affect the skin. Nothing is more evident, than that the two former are diseases of the solids, and that the depositions are the effects, not the cause, of the disease. In the two latter, acrimony may be suspected. A cancer often naturally heals, and soon affects other parts: repelled from the glands", it falls on the joints, the head, and other organs. The cutaneous diseases of children shew marks of acrimony, since, when they take place, they improve the general health; and issues, in such cases, often inflame violently. When bile is absorbed in jaundice, there is an itching on the skin; and in those who have injured their stomachs by spirituous liquors, eruptions are often extensive and inveterate.