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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
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Examples from the Web for Paracelsus
Historical Examples
  • Paracelsus was based upon a study of the original narrative, and Sordello was a historical though a very indefinite person.

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

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Paracelsus he describes, with some justice, as very lofty, but very diffuse.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Paracelsus gives very minute directions for the making of a magic mirror.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • He published several pieces bearing on medicine, astrology and alchemy, and attacking the system of Paracelsus.

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

  • On each of the title-pages the author was named as the writer of “Paracelsus,” “Sordello” being ignored.

    The Brownings Lilian Whiting
  • Copernicus lived from 1473 to 1543, and was contemporary with Paracelsus and Raphael.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • After eight years, two of which he had spent roving through Germany with Paracelsus, she died, leaving her property to relations.

    The Age of Erasmus P. S. Allen
  • Paracelsus has written at length on the same aspect of the subject.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
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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