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nounHistory Of Science
A follower or adherent of Paracelsus, or of his medical or philosophical principles.
adjectiveHistory Of Science
Of, relating to, or characteristic of Paracelsus, or of his teachings or followers.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Jones (fl. 1562–1579), physician. From the name of Paracelsus, pseudonym of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, Swiss physician, alchemist, and natural philosopher + -ian. With use as noun compare Paracelsist; with use as adjective compare slightly earlier Paracelsical.
A colourless or pale yellow mineral of the monoclinic system which is a barium-containing feldspar dimorphous with celsian (into which it is changed on heating).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Mineralogy Magazine. From para- + celsian, after Italian paracelsiana.
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