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elixir Tweet Definition of elixir Like Definition of elixir on Facebook
noun 
  1. (alchemy) A liquid which converts lead to gold.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 59:
    • :For Chinese alchemists, gold held the key to the Elixir, the Eastern equivalent of the Philosopher's Stone.
      1. A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
      2. (pharmacy) A sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste.
     
emetic Tweet Definition of emetic Like Definition of emetic on Facebook
noun 
  1. an agent that induces vomiting
adjective 
  1. causing nausea and vomiting
     
emulsion Tweet Definition of emulsion Like Definition of emulsion on Facebook
noun 
  1. a stable suspension of small droplets of one liquid in another with which it is immiscible
mayonnaise, Mayonnaise is an where egg is used to keep oil and water mixed.
  1. (chemistry) a colloid in which both phases are liquid
  2. the coating of photosensitive silver halide grains in a thin gelatine layer on a photographic film
     
ephedrine Tweet Definition of ephedrine Like Definition of ephedrine on Facebook
noun 
  1. An alkaloid, found in some species of Ephedra shrubs (or prepared synthetically), used as a sympathomimetic drug. category:Pharmaceutical drugs
     
epidural Tweet Definition of epidural Like Definition of epidural on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Situated on or outside the dura mater.
     
epinephrine Tweet Definition of epinephrine Like Definition of epinephrine on Facebook
noun 
  1. (hormone) adrenaline, Adrenaline: a catecholamine hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress (when it stimulates the autonomic nervous system); used medicinally as a heart stimulant, vasoconstrictor and bronchial relaxant.
  2. (neurotransmitter) A neurotransmitter which is synthesized from norepinephrine.
     
ergot Tweet Definition of ergot Like Definition of ergot on Facebook
noun 
  1. Any fungus in the genus Claviceps which are parasitic on grasses.
  2. The sclerotium (wintering stage) of certain fungi in the genus Claviceps, appearing as a deformed grain in certain cereals and grasses infected by the fungi.
     
estrone Tweet Definition of estrone Like Definition of estrone on Facebook
noun 
  1. (steroid hormone) An estrogenic hormone excreted by the ovaries; sometimed manufactured synthetically for use in cases of estrogen deficiency.
     
ethical Tweet Definition of ethical Like Definition of ethical on Facebook
noun 
  1. An ethical drug.
adjective (more)
  1. (context, philosophy, not comparable) Of or relating to the study of ethics.
The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his writings.
  1. (not comparable) Of or relating to the accepted principles of right and wrong, especially those of some organization or profession.
All employees must familiarize themselves with our guidelines.
  1. (comparable) morally, Morally approvable; good.
We are trying decide what the most course of action would be.
  1. (context, of a drug, not comparable) Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.
In most jurisdictions, morphine is classified as an drug.
     
eucaine Tweet Definition of eucaine Like Definition of eucaine on Facebook
noun 
  1. (pharmaceutical drug) A derivative of cocaine used as a local anesthetic in veterinary medicine.
     
euphoriant Tweet Definition of euphoriant Like Definition of euphoriant on Facebook
noun 
  1. A drug which produces feelings of euphoria.
adjective 
  1. Producing euphoria.
     
excipient Tweet Definition of excipient Like Definition of excipient on Facebook
noun 
  1. An ingredient that is intentionally added to a drug for purposes other than the therapeutic or diagnostic effect at the intended dosage.
     

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