I hadn't thought about it that way.
Main Entry: al·che·my Pronunciation: 'al-k&-mE Function: noun Inflected Form: plural -mies:
the medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy whose aims were the transmutation
of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for diseases, and the discovery of
a means of indefinitely prolonging life —al·che·mist /-m&st/
noun —al·che·mis·tic /"al-k&-'mis-tik/ or al·che·mis·ti·cal /-ti-k&l/ adjective