Definition of alembic
1 : an apparatus used in distillation
2 : something that refines or transmutes as if by distillation <philosophy … filtered through the alembic of Plato's mind — B. T. Shropshire>
Origin of alembic
Middle English, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French alambic & Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq, from al the + anbīq still, from Late Greek ambik-, ambix alembic, from Greek, cap of a still
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of alembic
: an apparatus formerly used in distillation
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