Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: tem'per-a-ment


The psychological and biologic organization peculiar to the individual, specifically, an individual's pervasive and characteristic manner of perceiving, thinking, and acting. It represents one component of personality, the other is character.

Synonym(s): temper1

[L. temperamentum, proper measure, moderation, disposition]

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.