[ an-uh-dahyn ]
/ ˈæn əˌdaɪn /


a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief.


relieving pain.
soothing to the mind or feelings.

Origin of anodyne

1535–45; < Latin anōdynus < Greek anṓdynos painless, equivalent to an- an-1 + ōdyn- (stem of odýnē pain, with lengthening of o) + -os adj. suffix

Related forms

an·o·dyn·ic [an-uh-din-ik] /ˌæn əˈdɪn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anodyne


/ (ˈænəˌdaɪn) /


a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
anything that alleviates mental distress


capable of relieving pain or distress

Word Origin for anodyne

C16: from Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos painless, from an- + odunē pain
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Medicine definitions for anodyne


[ ănə-dīn′ ]


An agent that relieves pain.
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