Alchemy vs Iatrochemistry - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between alchemy and iatrochemistry

is that alchemy is (label) the ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry while iatrochemistry is (chemistry|medicine) an early branch of chemistry, having roots in alchemy, that tried to provide chemical remedies to diseases; alternatively, the application of chemistry to medical theory.

alchemy

Noun

  • (label) The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason. The architect of modern science was himself not very modern. He was obsessed with alchemy .}}
  • (label) The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.
  • Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.
  • Derived terms

    * alchemical * alchemise and alchemize * alchemist * alchemistic * alchemistical

    See also

    * elixir of life * philosophers' stone

    References

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    iatrochemistry

    Noun

    (-)
  • (chemistry, medicine) An early branch of chemistry, having roots in alchemy, that tried to provide chemical remedies to diseases; alternatively, the application of chemistry to medical theory.
  • * 2003': A parallel bid to read the body in terms of the new science came from '''iatrochemistry . — Roy Porter, ''Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 53)