|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]|
elixir e·lix·ir (ĭ-lĭk'sər)
A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.