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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ar-kē′ŭs

Definition: Term first used by Valentine and later by Paracelsus and van Helmont to denote a spirit that presided over and governed bodily processes.

Synonym(s): archeus

[L. fr. G. archaios, chief, leader]

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