- a camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used chiefly to stop diarrhea in children.
- any soothing medicine; anodyne.
- Archaic. assuaging pain; soothing.
Origin of paregoric
Examples from the Web for paregoric
She, carrying the babies, drugged with paregoric, in a basket on her arm.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Boil them to a syrup; and when quite cold, add two table-spoonfuls of paregoric elixir, which is made in the following manner.
And neither is paregoric to be administered wholesale for colic.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
It macerates its opium and percolates its own laudanum and paregoric.The Four Million
It smells as if someone had been drinking quarts of paregoric!About Peggy Saville
Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
- 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
Word Origin and History for paregoric
"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).
- A camphorated tincture of opium, taken internally for the relief of diarrhea and intestinal pain.