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Alkahest, Alcahest, al′ka-hest, n. the universal solvent of the alchemists.
Alchemy furnishes the theme for one tale; the protagonist seeks an alcahest, a human victim for his crucible.The Merry-Go-Round|Carl Van Vechten
The alcahest was his celebrated universal medicine, and was considered the greatest mystery of all.
It was then placed in a dish and set on fire, and the residue that remained was the alcahest.