|a medicine containing opium, benzoic acid, camphor (English paregoric) or ammonia (Scottish paregoric), and anise oil, formerly widely used to relieve diarrhoea and coughing in children|
|[C17 (meaning: relieving pain): via Late Latin from Greek parēgorikos soothing, from parēgoros relating to soothing speech, from |
paregoric par·e·gor·ic (pār'ə-gôr'ĭk)
A camphorated tincture of opium, taken internally for the relief of diarrhea and intestinal pain.
preparation principally used in the treatment of diarrhea. Paregoric, which decreases movement of the stomach and intestinal muscles, is made from opium tincture (laudanum) or from powdered opium and includes anise oil, camphor, benzoic acid, glycerin, and diluted alcohol. The usual adult dose is 5-10 millilitres. In early medical writings the term paregoric sometimes was used in reference to soothing medicaments in general.
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