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elixir

[ih-lik-ser]
noun
1.
Pharmacology. a sweetened, aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing, or used as a vehicle for, medicinal substances.
2.
Also called elixir of life. an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of prolonging life.
3.
an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold.
4.
the quintessence or absolute embodiment of anything.
5.
a panacea; cure-all; sovereign remedy.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Arabic al iksīr alchemical preparation < Late Greek xḗrion drying powder (for wounds), equivalent to Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ion, neuter of -ios adj. suffix

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elixir (ɪˈlɪksə)
 
n
1.  an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold
2.  anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
3.  an underlying principle; quintessence
4.  a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al iksīr the elixir, probably from Greek xērion powder used for drying wounds, from xēros dry]

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elixir
1266, from M.L. elixir "philosopher's stone," believed by alchemists to transmute baser metals into gold and/or to cure diseases and prolong life, from Arabic al-iksir, probably from late Gk. xerion "powder for drying wounds," from xeros "dry." General sense of "strong tonic" is 1597; used for quack
medicines from at least 1631.
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elixir e·lix·ir (ĭ-lĭk'sər)
n.
A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.

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