[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. anode glow,
  2. anode resistance,
  3. anodic,
  4. anodize,
  5. anodontia,
  6. anoesis,
  7. anoestrous,
  8. anoestrus,
  9. anogenital,
  10. anogenital raphe

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 formsan·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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Word Origin and History for anodyne



1540s, from Medieval Latin anodynus "pain-removing, allaying pain," from Latin anodynus "painless," from Greek anodynos "free from pain," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + odyne "pain," a word perhaps from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cf., from the same root, Lithuanian edžioti "to devour, bite," edžiotis "to suffer pain;" see eat). In old slang, frequently a euphemism for "death;" e.g. anodyne necklace "hangman's noose."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anodyne


[ ănə-dīn′ ]


An agent that relieves pain.

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