Ponce de Leon Syndrome

Gerontology A popular term for the delusion that the hands of time can be stayed by a potion (e.g., anti-ageing cream), procedure (e.g., facelift), purchase (e.g., red Ferrari), or other method
Quackery Long a staple of sci-fi novelists, Ponce de Leon syndrome refers to various manoeuvres that have been tried—none successfully—to preserve a person’s body at the time of death with naive applications of cryonics, anticoagulants, etc., so that the bodies can be brought back to life once medical science has developed the necessary technology