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[par-uh-sel-suh s] /ˌpær əˈsɛl səs/
Philippus Aureolus
[fi-lip-uh s aw-ree-oh-luh s] /fɪˈlɪp əs ɔˈri oʊ ləs/ (Show IPA),
(Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim) 1493?–1541, Swiss physician and alchemist.
(italics) a dramatic poem (1835) by Robert Browning, based on the life of Paracelsus.
Related forms
Paracelsian, adjective, noun
Paracelsianism, noun
Paracelsic, Paracelsistic, adjective
Paracelsist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Paracelsus
Historical Examples
  • "Paracelsus," so denominated, was one of Robert Browning's earlier poems.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • Paracelsus gives very minute directions for the making of a magic mirror.


    Benjamin Taylor
  • Your forefather, who, in the revival of science, sought the secrets of Apollonius and Paracelsus.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Yet Paracelsus—modest Paracelsus—had an arrogance that soared higher than all our knowledge.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Wurzburg, where Festus and Paracelsus had been as students, is on its banks.

  • Copernicus lived from 1473 to 1543, and was contemporary with Paracelsus and Raphael.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • Paracelsus has written at length on the same aspect of the subject.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • Some think that Paracelsus had one confined in his sword pommel.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • We know from the preface to 'Strafford' that it must have been begun soon after 'Paracelsus'.

  • At that time Beethoven was, and not in Paris only, a Paracelsus in the concert room.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Paracelsus


Philippus Aureolus (ˈfɪlɪpəs ˌɔːrɪˈəʊləs), real name Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim. 1493–1541, Swiss physician and alchemist, who pioneered the use of specific treatment, based on observation and experience, to remedy particular diseases
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Paracelsus in Medicine

Paracelsus Par·a·cel·sus (pār'ə-sěl'səs), Philippus Aureolus. 1493-1541.

German-Swiss alchemist and physician who introduced the concept of disease to medicine. He held that illness was the result of external agents attacking the body rather than imbalances within the body and advocated the use of chemicals against disease-causing agents.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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