Alchemical Symbols

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Alchemical symbols, originally devised as part of alchemy, were used to denote some elements and some compounds until the 18th century. Note that while notation like this was mostly standardized, style and symbol varied between alchemists, so this page lists the most common.

Symbols in this category:

Crucible (alternate #1)

Resembling a sealed envelope, this symbol was used in alchemy to indicate a crucible or a melting pot.

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Crucible (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate a crucible or melting pot.

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Crystallization

In 18th century chemistry, this symbol represented the process of crystallization.

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Cuprum arsenicatum (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for Cuprum arsenicatum, a compound of copper and arsenic.

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Day (alchemy)

While this symbol can have different meanings in different fields, in the alchemical traditions of the Middle Ages it was used as a "time sign" to indicate day.

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Decoction (alchemy)

An old alchemical sign for decoction.

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Digerere

Also known as "digestio", this 18th century chemical symbol represents the process of dissolving a substance in liquid of moderate temperature.

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Digestion (alchemy)

In alchemy, digestion is a process in which gentle heat is applied to a substance over a period of several weeks.

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Dissolution

Dissolution is the process by which a solute forms a solution in a solvent.

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Distillation

Distillation is a method of separating mixtures based on differences in volatility of components in a boiling liquid mixture. Distillation is a unit operation, or a physical separation process, and not a chemical reaction.

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Distillation (alternate #1)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of distillation.

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Distillation (alternate #2)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of distillation.

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Distillation (alternate #3)

In 18th century chemistry, this sign indicated the process of distillation.

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Distillation (alternate #4)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of distillation.

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Distilled vinegar

An old alchemy symbol for distilled vinegar.

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