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The hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists.

[Medieval Latin alchahest, first used by Paracelsus (1493-1541), and said to have been coined by him in imitation of Arabic words .]

al′ka·hes′tic adj.
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of or relating to the alkahest
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Adj.1.alkahestic - of or pertaining to the alkahest that alchemists assumed to exist
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