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An elixir (From Arabic,الإكسير Al-Ikseer)From Greek, ξήριον, "medical powder", from Greek, ξηρός, "dry".) Elixir is a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken orally in order to mask an unpleasant taste and intended to cure one's ills.

When used as a pharmaceutical preparation, it contains an active ingredient (such as morphine) that is dissolved in a solution that contains some percentage (usually 40-60%) of ethyl alcohol and is designed to be taken orally. Elixirs are often made from vodka or grappa.

See also

  • Tincture, in which alcohol is the major solvent and the ingredient is often highly concentrated
  • Panacea (medicine), mythological remedy that would cure all diseases
  • Internal alchemy
  • Concoction also known as tea or in arabic choi helps to relave all pains and creates stress free environment

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See also elixír, and élixir

Contents

English

Etymology

From Mediaeval Latin elixir, from Arabic الإكسير (al-’iksīr), from Ancient Greek ξήριον (medicinal powder), from ξηρός (dry).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɪˈlɪksə/

Noun

Singular
elixir

Plural
elixirs

elixir (plural elixirs)

  1. (alchemy) A liquid which converts lead to gold.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 59:
      For Chinese alchemists, gold held the key to the Elixir, the Eastern equivalent of the Philosopher's Stone.
  2. A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
  3. (pharmacy) A sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste.

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Translations

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