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elixir

noun elix·ir \i-ˈlik-sər\

: a magical liquid that can cure illness or extend life

Full Definition of ELIXIR

1
a (1) :  a substance held capable of changing base metals into gold (2) :  a substance held capable of prolonging life indefinitely
b (1) :  cure-all
(2) :  a medicinal concoction
2
:  a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring
3
:  the essential principle

Examples of ELIXIR

  1. <warned that casino gambling would not be an elixir for all of the region's economic woes>

Origin of ELIXIR

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-iksīr the elixir, from al the + iksīr elixir, probably from Greek xērion desiccative powder, from xēros dry
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

elixir

noun elix·ir \i-ˈlik-sər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ELIXIR

:  a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring

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