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[pan-uh-see-uh] /ˌpæn əˈsi ə/
a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
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.
1540-50; < Latin < Greek panákeia, equivalent to panake-, stem of panakḗs all-healing (pan- pan- + akḗs a cure) + -ia -ia
Related forms
panacean, adjective
1, 2. elixir, nostrum.


[pan-uh-see-uh] /ˌpæn əˈsi ə/
an ancient Greek goddess of healing. Unabridged
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  • Political nostrums and social panaceas are but incidentally and superficially useful.
  • So does the complete absence of panaceas in this painful tale.
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  • It is always tempting to look for panaceas, quick fixes to end our frustrations.
  • The recommendations of this report are not panaceas.
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  • With them come great opportunities but also a temptation to find preservation panaceas.
  • However, it must be cautioned that labor-management partnerships are not panaceas.
British Dictionary definitions for panaceas


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 panaceas



"universal remedy," 1540s, from Latin panacea, a herb (variously identified) that would heal all illnesses, from Greek panakeia "cure-all," from panakes "all-healing," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + akos "cure," from iasthai "to heal" (see -iatric). Earlier in English as panace (1510s).

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panaceas in Medicine

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

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