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elixir

[ih-lik-ser] /ɪˈlɪk sər/
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
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/
noun
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
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for elixir of life
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 of life in Medicine

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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Encyclopedia Article for elixir of life

in alchemy, substance thought to be capable of changing base metals into gold. The same term, more fully elixir vitae, "elixir of life," was given to the substance that would indefinitely prolong life-a liquid that was believed to be allied with the philosopher's stone. Chinese Taoists not only sought the "pill of immortality" but developed techniques (meditation, breathing exercises, diet) that were thought to confer immortality by internal alchemy.

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