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 (spə-gîr′ĭk) also spa·gyr·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Relating to or resembling alchemy; alchemical.

[New Latin spagiricus, probably coined by Paracelsus.]
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(spəˈdʒɪrɪk) or


(Alchemy) rare of or relating to alchemy
[C16: from New Latin spagiricus, probably coined by Paracelsus, of obscure origin]
spaˈgyrically adv
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5: Chemistry and chemical technology: part 2: Spagyrical discovery and invention: Magisteries of gold and immortality, London, Cambridge University Press, 1974.
As Lydwine's spagyrical transformation replaces black flesh with clean spirit, she disappears as herself and returns as her beneficiaries.
Needham states the Japanese enthusiastically embraced "chemo-therapeutic" elements of Chinese alchemy and spagyrical arts, with the attendant legends of immortals deep in the mountains, flying through the air, and abstaining from cereal foods.
Boyle and Newton drew on a well-developed experimental tradition and corpuscular matter theory derived from thirteenth-century Aristotelian alchemy and fused with Paracelsian spagyrical methods: it was seventeenth-century alchemy and iatrochemistry that provided them with the materialist theoretical basis and quantitative experimental methods on which to develop a replacement for Aristotle's substantial forms, not the Cartesian clockwork mechanism and Gassendian atomism.