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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.
Origin of 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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  • A brick may be considered a panacea, and may be carried in the hat.

  • Government interference, the panacea of cranks and schemers.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • It is merely a spoon with which the panacea can be administered.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • Then rest is sought for—rest is looked for as the panacea for all evils.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • I'm not a woman—tears are no panacea for suffering like mine.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
British Dictionary definitions for panacea


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 panacea

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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panacea 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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