from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Paracelsus.
  • n. A proponent of Paracelsianism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in conformity with, the practice of Paracelsus, a Swiss physician and alchemist of the 15th century.
  • proper n. A follower of Paracelsus or his practice or teachings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to Paracelsus, a Swiss physician, chemist, and philosopher (1493-1541), or according with his speculations in philosophy or his practice of medicine, particularly the latter.
  • n. One who believed in or practised the views or doctrines of Paracelsus; especially, a medical practitioner of his school. Paracel-sians were numerous in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


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  • On the superb BibliOdyssey blog, one of my absolute internet favorites, there's a fascinating post today with scans from 'De Naturae Simia', by Robert Fludd, an English Rosicrucian, Paracelsian physicist, astrologer, and mystic.

    Boing Boing

  • Boyle was an advocate of corpuscularism, a form of atomism that was slowly displacing Aristotelian and Paracelsian views of the world.

    Boyle, Robert

  • Instead of defining physical reality and analyzing change in terms of Aristotelian substance and form and the classical four elements of earth, air, fire, and water — or the three Paracelsian elements of salt, sulfur, and mercury — corpuscularism discussed reality and change in terms of particles and their motion.

    Boyle, Robert

  • In the sixteenth century, Paracelsian chemistry reduced and rearranged the four elements to three active principles: sulfur, salt, and mercury.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Boyle published his Sceptical Chymist, which contained a vigorous criticism of the Aristotelian theory of elements and the Paracelsian theory of principles.


  • In 1941, Sigerist together with Gregory Zilboorg, Lilian Temkin, and myself issued Four Treatises of Paracelsus which contains my translation of the Paracelsian book on miners 'diseases, as well as Sigerist's translation of the book on "Nymphs, Sylphs… and other Spirits."


  • [24] See the "Note on the Paracelsian Doctrine of the Microcosm" below.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • The Paracelsian mercury, sulphur, and salt were the mineral analogues of these.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • In the century between 1550 and 1650 conflicts between Paracelsian iatrochemists and more traditional Galenists were common.


  • Finally, the Paracelsian and iatrochemical adoption of the primary goal of the medical alchemy of the Middle Ages resulted in the permanent acceptance of chemistry as a legitimate tool of the physician and the pharmacist.



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