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panacea

[pan-uh-see-uh] /ˌpæn əˈsi ə/
noun
1.
a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
2.
an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties:
His economic philosophy is a good one, but he tries to use it as a panacea.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin < Greek panákeia, equivalent to panake-, stem of panakḗs all-healing (pan- pan- + akḗs a cure) + -ia -ia
Related forms
panacean, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. elixir, nostrum.
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British Dictionary definitions for panacean

panacea

/ˌpænəˈsɪə/
noun
1.
a remedy for all diseases or ills
Derived Forms
panacean, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek panakeia healing everything, from pan all + akēs remedy
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Word Origin and History for panacean
panacea
1548, from L. panacea, an all-healing herb (variously identified), from Gk. panakeia "cure-all," from panakes "all-healing," from pan- "all" + akos "cure," from iasthai "to heal." Earlier in Eng. as panace (1513).
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panacean in Medicine

panacea pan·a·ce·a (pān'ə-sē'ə)
n.
A remedy claimed to be curative of all problems or disorders; a cure-all.

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