- (alchemy) A liquid which converts lead to gold.
Translations: Etymology: From (term, elixir, lang=la), from (Arab.) (term, sc=ARchar, ÙÙ, ÙÙÙ, tr=al-"iksÄr, lang=ar), from Ancient Greek (term, sc=polytonic, , , medicinal powder, lang=grc), from (term, sc=polytonic, , , dry, lang=grc).
- 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.
- A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
- (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.
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