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elixir

Noun

1 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
2 a substance believed to cure all ills

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English

Etymology

From elixir, from sc=Arab, from sc=polytonic, from sc=polytonic.

Pronunciation

  • /ɪˈlɪksə/

Noun

  1. A liquid which converts lead to gold.
    • 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.
  2. A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
  3. 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.

Derived terms

Translations

alchemy: liquid which was believed to turn non-precious metals to gold
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (liànjīngyào)
  • Danish: eliskir
  • Finnish: eliksiiri
  • German: Elixier
  • Hungarian: elixír
  • Russian: эликсир
liquid which is believed to cure all ills
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (wànnéngyào)
  • Danish: eliskir
  • Finnish: eliksiiri
  • German: Elixier, Zaubertrunk, Heilmittel
  • Hungarian: elixír
  • Russian: эликсир, панацея
pharmacy: sweet taste-masking liquid
  • Danish: eliskir
  • Finnish: eliksiiri
  • French: élixir
  • German: Elixier, Heilmittel
  • Russian: эликсир

Extensive Definition

An elixir (From Arabic,الإكسير Al-Ikseer) is a pharmaceutical preparation containing an active ingredient (such as morphine) that is dissolved in a solution that contains some percentage of ethyl alcohol and is designed to be taken orally.
Elixir may also refer to:

See also

elixir in Arabic: الإكسير
elixir in Czech: Elixír
elixir in French: Élixir
elixir in Polish: Eliksir
elixir in Chinese: 萬能藥

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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