What does philosopher's stone mean?

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  1. (alchemy) A substance able to turn base metals into gold or silver, usually by means of the application and distillation of another substance, usually mercury; also sometimes claimed to give immortality.
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His works in making the philosopher's stone, also known as the fifth essence, was what made he became known for.
Combining sulphur and mercury may have been an attempt to produce the philosopher's stone.
Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher's Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.
The philosopher's stone, the alcahest and the elixir were names of one and the same thing, and were supposed to accomplish an identical operation.
He was much in demand for occasional music but died in poverty, ruined by his attempts to find the philosopher's stone.
Kristina continued her alchemical studies, trying to find the philosopher's stone and turn lead into gold.

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