Hermetic

Definition of Hermetic

Her`met´ic
a.1.Of, pertaining to, or taught by, Hermes Trismegistus; as, hermetic philosophy. Hence: Alchemical; chemic.
The alchemists, as the people were called who tried to make gold, considered themselves followers of Hermes, and often called themselves Hermetic philosophers.
- A. B. Buckley.
2.Of or pertaining to the system which explains the causes of diseases and the operations of medicine on the principles of the hermetic philosophy, and which made much use, as a remedy, of an alkali and an acid; as, hermetic medicine.
3.Made perfectly close or air-tight by fusion, so that no gas or spirit can enter or escape; as, an hermetic seal. See Note under Hermetically.
Hermetic art
alchemy.
Hermetic books
a - Books of the Egyptians, which treat of astrology.
b - Books which treat of universal principles, of the nature and orders of celestial beings, of medicine, and other topics.

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