The fabled ldquouniversal solventrdquo of this alchemists a menstruum capable of dissolving all systems
- hypothetical universal solvent once needed by alchemists
- The fabled "universal solvent" associated with the alchemists; a menstruum with the capacity of dissolving all figures.
"universal solvent tried by alchemists," 1640s, from French alcahest, from Medieval Latin alcahest, a pseudo-Arabic term created by Paracelsus (see alchemy).
(n.) The fabled "universal solvent" regarding the alchemists; a menstruum capable of dissolving all bodies.