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elixir a magical or medicinal potion; in alchemy, a preparation which was supposed to be able to change metals into gold. The word is recorded from late Middle English and comes via medieval Latin from Arabic al-'iksīr, and ultimately from Greek xērion ‘powder for drying wounds’.
elixir of life an alchemical preparation supposedly able to prolong life indefinitely; the phrase is a translation of medieval Latin elixir vitae.

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e·lix·ir / iˈliksər/ • n. a magical or medicinal potion: an elixir guaranteed to induce love. ∎  a preparation that was supposedly able to change metals into gold, sought by alchemists. ∎  (also elixir of life) a preparation supposedly able to prolong life indefinitely. ∎  a medicinal solution of a specified type: a natural herbal cough elixir.

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Elixir. (Arab., al-iksīr). Substances believed, especially in China, to confer immortality or simply longevity and magical powers, and as such the object of much herbal lore, myth, and alchemy. In China, the elixir is based on preparations to unite yin and yang and synchronize the microcosm and macrocosm.

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elixir alchemist's preparation for changing metals to gold or prolonging life. XIV. — medL. — Arab. al-'iksīr, perh. f. AL-2 + Gr. xērion desiccative powder for wounds, f. xērós dry.

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elixir Alcoholic extract (tincture) of a naturally occurring substance; originally devised by medieval alchemists (the elixir of life), now used for a variety of medicines, liqueurs, and bitters.

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elixir (i-liks-er) n. a preparation containing alcohol (ethanol) or glycerine, which is used as the vehicle for bitter or nauseous drugs.

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