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anodyne

[an-uh-dahyn] /ˈæn əˌdaɪn/
noun
1.
a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
2.
anything that relieves distress or pain:
The music was an anodyne to his grief.
adjective
3.
relieving pain.
4.
soothing to the mind or feelings.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin anōdynus < Greek anṓdynos painless, equivalent to an- an-1 + ōdyn- (stem of odýnē pain, with lengthening of o) + -os adj. suffix
Related forms
anodynic
[an-uh-din-ik] /ˌæn əˈdɪn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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anodyne

/ˈænəˌdaɪn/
noun
1.
a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
2.
anything that alleviates mental distress
adjective
3.
capable of relieving pain or distress
Word Origin
C16: from Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos painless, from an- + odunē pain
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Word Origin and History for anodynic

anodyne

adj.

1540s, from Medieval Latin anodynus "pain-removing, allaying pain," from Latin anodynus "painless," from Greek anodynos "free from pain," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + odyne "pain," a word perhaps from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cf., from the same root, Lithuanian edžioti "to devour, bite," edžiotis "to suffer pain;" see eat). In old slang, frequently a euphemism for "death;" e.g. anodyne necklace "hangman's noose."

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anodynic in Medicine

anodyne an·o·dyne (ān'ə-dīn')
n.
An agent that relieves pain.

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