alembic


alem·bic

noun \ə-ˈlem-bik\

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>

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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

alem·bic

noun \ə-ˈlem-bik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALEMBIC

: an apparatus formerly used in distillation

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