Definition of Panacea

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia.

Generic synonyms: Greek Deity

2. Noun. Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists.
Exact synonyms: Catholicon, Cure-all, Nostrum
Generic synonyms: Curative, Cure, Remedy, Therapeutic
Specialized synonyms: Elixir

Definition of Panacea

1. n. A remedy for all diseases; a universal medicine; a cure-all; catholicon; hence, a relief or solace for affliction.

Definition of Panacea

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) Daughter of Asclepius and Salus (or Epione). She was the personification of healing through herbs. ¹

2. Noun. A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all. ¹

3. Noun. Something that will solve all problems. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A particular plant believed to provide a cure-all. ¹

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Definition of Panacea

1. a remedy for all diseases or ills [n -S] : PANACEAN [adj]

Medical Definition of Panacea

1. A cure for all illnesses (Greek derivation). (16 Dec 1997)

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panacea (current term)
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Literary usage of Panacea

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1831)
"We have already published the statements of three different chemists, by whom mercury was found in Swaim'j panacea,* but it had not been before examined, ..."

2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1969 private involvement is not a panacea for the over-all problem of municipal ... 1979 the official panacea for managing social conflict at home was ..."

3. The Settlement Idea: A Vision of Social Justice by Arthur Cort Holden (1922)
"There exists no panacea ready made for the cure of human ills. Ready as men are to hope for the discovery of a miraculous formula for the deliverance of the ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1886)
"Parry in vain commended his panacea, brandy. Trelawny had started in April with a letter from Stanhope, entreating him to leave Missolonghi and not ..."

5. The Legal Obligations Arising Out of Treaty Relations Between China and by Minchien Tuk Zung Tyau (1917)
"V panacea of Now to insure perpetual or, at least, an enduring All Evils, peace, nations must learn to co-operate one with an other. ..."

6. The Monthly Reviewby Ralph Griffiths by Ralph Griffiths (1786)
"42 — Extraits from Lord Bolingbroke's account of them at the •— A union of, recommended as a panacea for all ..."

7. International Finance and Its Reorganization by Elisha Michael Friedman (1922)
"The Capital Levy a panacea which Delays the Real Remedy The capital levy is held up as a panacea to cure the fiscal ills of a debt-laden country. ..."

8. Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1849)
"THE speculative politician who at the meeting of the Long Parliament recommended for their adoption the laws of his ideal kingdom of Macaria, as a panacea ..."

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