elixir

[ ih-lik-ser ]
/ ɪˈlɪk sər /

noun

Pharmacology. a sweetened, aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing, or used as a vehicle for, medicinal substances.
Also called elixir of life . an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of prolonging life.
an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold.
the quintessence or absolute embodiment of anything.
a panacea; cure-all; sovereign remedy.

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Origin of elixir

1350–1400; Middle English <Medieval Latin <Arabic al iksīr alchemical preparation <Late Greek xḗrion drying powder (for wounds), equivalent to Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ion, neuter of -ios adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for elixir

elixir
/ (ɪˈlɪksə) /

noun

an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold
anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
an underlying principle; quintessence
a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste

Word Origin for elixir

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al iksīr the elixir, probably from Greek xērion powder used for drying wounds, from xēros dry
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Medical definitions for elixir

elixir
[ ĭ-lĭksər ]

n.

A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.
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