Definition of alembication in English:

alembication

noun

  • 1The action or an act of refining something or making something purer or more perfect; distillation; the result of this.

  • 2Over-refinement of language or ideas; excessive subtlety; an instance of this.

Origin

Early 17th century. From post-classical Latin alembication-, alembicatio from alembicus, alembicum + classical Latin -ātiō.

Pronunciation

alembication

/əˌlɛmbɪˈkeɪʃn/