elixir


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e·lix·ir

 (ĭ-lĭk′sər)
n.
1. A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.
2.
b. A substance believed to maintain life indefinitely. Also called elixir of life.
c. A substance or medicine believed to have the power to cure all ills.
3. An underlying principle.

[Middle English, a substance of transmutative properties, from Old French elissir, from Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic al-'iksīr : al, the + 'iksīr, elixir (probably from Greek xērion, desiccative powder, from xēros, dry).]

elixir

(ɪˈlɪksə)
n
1. (Alchemy) an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold
2. anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
3. an underlying principle; quintessence
4. (Pharmacology) a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste
[C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al iksīr the elixir, probably from Greek xērion powder used for drying wounds, from xēros dry]

e•lix•ir

(ɪˈlɪk sər)

n.
1. a sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing or used as a vehicle for medicinal substances.
2. Also called elix′ir of life′. an alchemic preparation believed capable of prolonging life indefinitely.
3. an alchemic preparation believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold.
[1350–1400; < Medieval Latin < Arabic al iksīr alchemical preparation < Late Greek xḗrion drying powder (for wounds), derivative of Greek xērós dry]

elixir

- Derives from Arabic al-'iksir, "the powder for drying wounds."
See also related terms for powder.

elixir

1. a tincture composed of a sweetened solution of alcohol to which has been added a small amount of the drug to be administered.
2. a panacea, cure-all, or universal remedy. See also alchemy.
See also: Remedies
1. the hypothetical substance sought by alchemists that was believed to transform base metals into gold and give eternal life. Also called philosopher’s stone, elixir of life.
2. Rare. the quintessence or underlying principle. See also remedies.
See also: Alchemy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elixir - 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
liquid - fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume
2.elixir - hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
3.elixir - a substance believed to cure all ills
catholicon, cure-all, nostrum, panacea - hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
potion - a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
elixir of life - a hypothetical substance believed to maintain life indefinitely; once sought by alchemists

elixir

noun
1. panacea, cure-all, nostrum, sovereign remedy a magical elixir of eternal youth
2. syrup, essence, solution, concentrate, mixture, extract, potion, distillation, tincture, distillate For severe teething pains, try an infant paracetamol elixir.

elixir

noun
An agent used to restore health:
Translations
إكْسير الحَياه
eliksireliskirmirakelmedicin
eliksiiri
elixír
elixír, gullgerîarefni
eliksyras
eliksīrs

elixir

[ɪˈlɪksəʳ] Nelixir m

elixir

[ɪˈlɪksər] n (literary)élixir m

elixir

nElixier nt, → Auszug m; elixir of lifeLebenselixier nt

elixir

[ɪˈlɪksəʳ] nelisir m inv

elixir

(iˈliksə) noun
a liquid that would supposedly make people able to go on living for ever, or a substance that would turn the cheaper metals into gold. the elixir of life.

e·lix·ir

n. elixir, licor dulce y aromático que contiene un ingrediente medicinal activo.

elixir

n elíxir or elixir m
References in classic literature ?
He soon manifested his familiarity with the ponderous and imposing machinery of antique physic; in which every remedy contained a multitude of far-fetched and heterogeneous ingredients, as elaborately compounded as if the proposed result had been the Elixir of Life.
At the best of times, so much of this elixir was administered to me as a choice restorative, that I was conscious of going about, smelling like a new fence.
What wonder then if fields and regions here Breathe forth ELIXIR pure, and Rivers run Potable Gold, when with one vertuous touch Th' Arch-chimic Sun so farr from us remote Produces with Terrestrial Humor mixt Here in the dark so many precious things Of colour glorious and effect so rare?
Like a subtle and mysterious elixir poured into the perishable clay of successive generations, it grows in truth, splendour, and potency with the march of ages.
I thought he was fit to die with shame, and there he sits grinning smiles, as good as to say, 'Let the world wag as it will, I've the philosopher's stone in my waist-coat pocket, and the elixir of life in my cupboard; I'm independent of both Fate and Fortune'"
Not less singular were his opinions in regard to the elixir vitae.
The air you breathe is an elixir which prepares you for the unexpected.
The spirit of that wonderful country runs like the elixir of life itself through his veins.
Miss Redwood sipped her elixir of life, and occasionally looked at me with an appearance of interest which I was at a loss to understand.
The doctor produced another spoonful of the elixir of life, and gravely repeated his first address to me.
Between them, they actually made Aunt Myra laugh heartily more than once; and Rose did her so much good by letting in the sunshine, singing about the silent house, cooking wholesome messes, and amusing the old lady with funny little lectures on physiology, that she forgot to take her pills and gave up "Mum's Elixir," because she slept so well, after the long walks and drives she was beguiled into taking, that she needed no narcotic.
He had been made to accept Saunders McNitre, Luke Waters, Giles Jowls, Podgers' Pills, Rodgers' Pills, Pokey's Elixir, every one of her Ladyship's remedies spiritual or temporal.