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paregoric

[par-i-gawr-ik, -gor-] /ˌpær ɪˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used chiefly to stop diarrhea in children.
2.
any soothing medicine; anodyne.
adjective
3.
Archaic. assuaging pain; soothing.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Late Latin parēgoricus < Greek parēgorikós soothing, equivalent to parḗgor(os) pertaining to consolatory speech (equivalent to par- par- + -ēgor-, combining form of agorā́ agora + -os adj. suffix) + -ikos -ic
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paregoric

/ˌpærəˈɡɒrɪk/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: relieving pain): via Late Latin from Greek parēgorikos soothing, from parēgoros relating to soothing speech, from para-1 (beside, alongside of) + -ēgor-, from agoreuein to speak in assembly, from agora assembly
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Word Origin and History for paregoric
n.

"medicine that soothes pain," 1704, from adjective (1680s) "soothing," from Late Latin paregoricus, from Greek paregorikos "soothing, encouraging, consoling," from paregorein "speak soothingly to," from paregoros "consoling," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + root of agoreuein "speak in public," from agora "public assembly," from PIE root *ger- "to gather" (see gregarious).

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paregoric in Medicine

paregoric par·e·gor·ic (pār'ə-gôr'ĭk)
n.
A camphorated tincture of opium, taken internally for the relief of diarrhea and intestinal pain.

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Encyclopedia Article for paregoric

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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