Definition of Anodyne

1. Noun. A medicine used to relieve pain.




2. Adjective. Capable of relieving pain. "An analgesic effect"
Exact synonyms: Analgesic, Analgetic
Similar to: Moderating
Derivative terms: Analgesia, Analgesic, Analgesia

Definition of Anodyne

1. a. Serving to assuage pain; soothing.

2. n. Any medicine which allays pain, as an opiate or narcotic; anything that soothes disturbed feelings.

Definition of Anodyne

1. Adjective. Capable of soothing or eliminating pain. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. (figuratively) Soothing or relaxing. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. Noncontentious, blandly agreeable, unlikely to cause offence or debate; bland, inoffensive. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (pharmacology) Any medicine or other agent that relieves pain. ¹

5. Noun. (figuratively) A source of relaxation or comfort. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Anodyne

1. a medicine that relieves pain [n -S] : ANODYNIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Anodyne

1. An externally-applied salve or medication that relieves pain ordiscomfort. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Anodyne

anodically
anodise
anodised
anodises
anodising
anodization
anodizations
anodize
anodized
anodizes
anodizing
anodon
anodons
anodyne (current term)
anodynes
anodynia
anodynic
anodynous
anoeses
anoesis
anoestra
anoestri
anoestrous
anoestrus
anoetic

Literary usage of Anodyne

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Compendium of the Course of Chemical Instruction in the Medical Department by Robert Hare (1828)
"This Dr. Physick had long remarked as an essential attribute of the genuine Hoffman's anodyne liquor. At one period, there was scarcely any to be found in ..."

2. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1890)
"Methylene Blue as an anodyne.—That methylene blue, the much employed histological staining agent, should manifest a remarkable affinity for nerve-tissue, ..."

3. A Conspectus of the medical sciences: Comprising Manuals of Anatomy by Henry Hartshorne (1874)
"Much employed as a local anodyne in neuralgic ... Also given as soporific and general anodyne. In large doses (fjj), sometimes used as an antiperiodic. ..."

4. An Analytical compendium of the various branches of medical science, for the by John Neill, Francis Gurney Smith (1861)
"Dose of ether, f-Jss to f jj ;—of Hoffman's anodyne, about the same. ... Its action is that of a direct sedative ; used as an anodyne and calmative both ..."

5. Dr. Chase's Recipes: Or, Information for Everybody; an Invaluable Collection by Alvin Wood Chase, William Wesley Cook (1920)
"The advantage of this pill over those depending entirely upon opium or morphine for their anodyne properties is that they may be taken without fear of ..."

6. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (1887)
"... has hitherto been chiefly used as an antipyretic, but M. Germain Se'e points out that it also possesses remarkable anodyne properties ..."

7. The Practical Application of the Röntgen Rays in Therapeutics and Diagnosis by William Allen Pusey, Eugene Wilson Caldwell (1903)
"anodyne Effect of X-rays.—Many observers have called attention to the marked ... The anodyne effects of x-rays are not confined to malignant diseases. ..."

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