Paracelsus

[par-uh-sel-suh s]
noun
  1. Phi·lip·pus Au·re·o·lus [fi-lip-uh s aw-ree-oh-luh s] /fɪˈlɪp əs ɔˈri oʊ ləs/, Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 1493?–1541, Swiss physician and alchemist.
  2. (italics) a dramatic poem (1835) by Robert Browning, based on the life of Paracelsus.
Related formsPar·a·cel·si·an, adjective, nounPar·a·cel·si·an·ism, nounPar·a·cel·sic, Par·a·cel·sis·tic, adjectivePar·a·cel·sist, noun
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Historical Examples of paracelsus

  • "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.

    Storyology

    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.


British Dictionary definitions for paracelsus

Paracelsus

noun
  1. 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

[păr′ə-sĕlsəs]Philippus Aureolus 1493-1541
  1. 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.
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