AppendixB

Glossary

adept Someone who is initiated into the secrets of alchemy or has passed through an alchemical apprenticeship.

albification Whitening of a substance by washing, scrubbing, grinding, or bleaching with chemical agents.

alchemy The art and science of transforming substances, situations, or living things to perfect them.

alembic The upper part of a still; a stillhead or type of retort. See distillation.

aludel A pear-shaped vessel, open at both ends. Used as a condenser in the sublimation process, it thus came to signify the end stages of transformation. Also called the Hermetic Vase or the Philosopher’s Egg.

amalgamation The formation of an amalgam or alloy of a metal with mercury. This term is sometimes extended to mean any union ...

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