- 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
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1, 2. elixir, nostrum.
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- a remedy for all diseases or ills
C16: via Latin from Greek panakeia healing everything, from pan all + akēs remedy
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Word Origin and History for panacean
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- A remedy claimed to be curative of all problems or disorders; a cure-all.
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