archeus

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Modern Latin archaeus, from Greek ἀρχαῖος ‘ancient’.

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archeus (plural archei)

  1. (historical) The vital principle or force believed by the Paracelsians to be responsible for the growth and continuation of all living beings.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 56)
      Willis rejected not just scholasticism's ‘substantial forms’ but Paracelsus's ‘archeus’ doctrine as well.
    • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book II, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 68:
      " [] it must be the Modus of some other Substance latitant in the fluid Matter, and really distinguishable from it; which is either the Soul, or some seminal Form or Archeus, as the Chymist calls it [] "