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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
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