Alkahest
Alkahest Al"ka*hest, n. [LL. alchahest, F. alcahest, a word that has an Arabic appearance, but was probably arbitrarily formed by Paracelsus.] The fabled ``universal solvent'' of the alchemists; a menstruum capable of dissolving all bodies. -- {Al`ka*hes"tic}, a. [1913 Webster]

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  • Alkahest — (or alcahest) is a hypothetical universal solvent, having the power to dissolve every other substance, including gold. It was much sought after by alchemists for what they thought would be its invaluable medicinal qualities. The name is believed… …   Wikipedia

  • Alkahest — (Alcahest) ist ein hypothetisches Universal Lösungsmittel, das jede Substanz, einschließlich Gold, aufzulösen vermag. Viele Alchemisten haben nach diesem Lösungsmittel gesucht. Alkahest ist ein Kunstwort, das möglicherweise von Paracelsus aus… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alkăhest — Alkăhest, von Theophrastus u. Helmont hypothetisch angenommenes Universalauflösungsmittel. Alkahest Glaubēri (Nitrum fixum), nach Helmont Kali aus der Calcination des Weinsteins u. Salpeters …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Alkahest — (arab.), nach Paracelsus das Universallösungsmittel für alle Stoffe …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • alkahest — (n.) universal solvent sought by alchemists, 1640s, from Fr. alcahest, from M.L. alcahest, a pseudo Arabic word coined by Paracelsus (see ALCHEMY (Cf. alchemy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • alkahest — [al′kə hest΄] n. [Fr < ML alchahest: apparently coined by PARACELSUS Philippus Aureolus] the hypothetical universal solvent sought by the alchemists …   English World dictionary

  • Alkahest — L alkalhest (Alchahest chez Paracelse, et d autres orthographes sont utilisées suivant les auteurs) est une hypothétique substance alchimique. Le mot, inventé par Paracelse pour désigner une mystérieuse médecine pour le foie, fut repris par Jean… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Alkahest — El alkalhest es el disolvente universal de la alquimia. Un concepto de la segunda mitad del siglo XVII. La palabra, inventada por Paracelso derivada del árabe alkali , es retomada por Jan Baptista van Helmont. El Alkahest es un elemento que… …   Wikipedia Español

  • alkahest — noun Etymology: New Latin alchahest Date: 1641 the universal solvent believed by alchemists to exist • alkahestic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alkahest — alkahestic, alkahestical, adj. /al keuh hest /, n. the universal solvent sought by the alchemists. Also, alcahest. [1635 45; < late ML alchahest; prob. coinage of Paracelsus] * * * …   Universalium

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