Definition of iatrochemistry in English:

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Pronunciation: /īˌatrəˈkemistrē/


A school of thought of the 16th and 17th centuries that sought to understand medicine and physiology in terms of chemistry.
Example sentences
  • In 1608, Oswald Croll published his Basilica chymica, a treatise devoted to a predominantly Paracelsian iatrochemistry.
  • The term iatrochemistry means the use of chemistry in medicine which was unheard of before Paracelsus.
  • Thoren talks a great deal about alchemy, but it always sounds like Paracelsian iatrochemistry to me.



Example sentences
  • Out of the iatrochemical theory or alongside it, there arose iatromechanics and even iatromathematics.
  • However, his Traité was extremely popular in iatrochemical circles.
  • He was also the author of a number of Paracelsian and iatrochemical texts and clearly a practising alchemist.


Example sentences
  • Some of these lives overlapped, especially in his role as an iatrochemist or medicinal chemist.
  • The iatrochemists had a shadowy consciousness of the etheric body, the iatromechanists had none.
  • He may be considered a distant ancestor of the iatrochemists of the Sixteenth Century.

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Syllabification: i·at·ro·chem·is·try

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