Iatrochemistry

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Iatrochemistry Chemistry applied to, or used in, medicine; -- used especially with reference to the doctrines in the school of physicians in Flanders, in the 17th century, who held that health depends upon the proper chemical relations of the fluids of the body, and who endeavored to explain the conditions of health or disease by chemical principles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n iatrochemistry The chemistry of the sixteenth and first half of the seventeenth centuries. In that period the substitution of remedies prepared by artificial chemical processes for the roots and herbs of earlier medicine greatly changed the practice of that art, while, on the other hand, medical or medicophysiological theories to a great extent stimulated and guided chemical investigation. Among the more prominent iatrochemists were Paracelsus, Libavius, Van Helmont, Sylvius, Tachenius, and Glauber.
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