1. <medicine> A tincture with more than one base; a compound tincture or medicine, composed of various substances, held in solution by alcohol in some form.

2. <chemistry> An imaginary liquor capable of transmuting metals into gold; also, one for producing life indefinitely; as, elixir vitae, or the elixir of life.

3. The refined spirit; the quintessence. "The . . . Elixir of worldly delights." (South)

4. Any cordial or substance which invigorates. "The grand elixir, to support the spirits of human nature." (Addison)

Origin: F. Elixir, Sp. Elixir, Ar. Eliksir the philosopher's stone, prob. From Gr. Dry, (hence probably) a dry powder; cf. Skr. Ksha to burn.

(01 Mar 1998)

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