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hermetic

[hur-met-ik] /hɜrˈmɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
made airtight by fusion or sealing.
2.
not affected by outward influence or power; isolated.
3.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of occult science, especially alchemy.
4.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus or the writings ascribed to him.
Also, hermetical.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Medieval Latin hermēticus of, pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus, equivalent to Latin Hermē(s) Hermes + -ticus -tic
Related forms
unhermetic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un hermetic

hermetic

/hɜːˈmɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
sealed so as to be airtight
2.
hidden or protected from the outside world
Derived Forms
hermetically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin hermēticus belonging to Hermes Trismegistus, traditionally the inventor of a magic seal

Hermetic

/hɜːˈmɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Hermes Trismegistus or the writings and teachings ascribed to him
2.
of or relating to ancient science, esp alchemy
3.
esoteric or recondite
Word Origin
see hermetic
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Word Origin and History for un hermetic

hermetic

adj.

c.1600 (implied in hermetically), "completely sealed," also (1630s) "dealing with occult science or alchemy," from Latin hermeticus, from Greek Hermes, god of science and art, among other things, identified by Neoplatonists, mystics, and alchemists with the Egyptian god Thoth as Hermes Trismegistos "Thrice-Great Hermes," who supposedly invented the process of making a glass tube airtight (a process in alchemy) using a secret seal.

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un hermetic in Medicine

hermetic her·met·ic (hər-mět'ĭk) or her·met·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
Completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air.


her·met'i·cal·ly adv.
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