- (historical) The vital principle or force believed by the Paracelsians to be responsible for the growth and continuation of all living beings.
Etymology: Modern Latin archaeus, from Greek áá "ancient".
- 2003: Willis rejected not just scholasticism's "substantial forms" but Paracelsus's "" doctrine as well. " Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 56)
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