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paregoric

[par-i-gawr-ik, -gor-]
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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.
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adjective
  1. Archaic. assuaging pain; soothing.
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Origin of paregoric

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 agora1 + -os adj. suffix) + -ikos -ic
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paregoric

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
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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

(păr′ə-gôrĭk)
n.
  1. A camphorated tincture of opium, taken internally for the relief of diarrhea and intestinal pain.
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