[ 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.
soothing to the mind or feelings.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM anodynean·o·dyn·ic [an-uh-din-ik] /ˌæn əˈdɪn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anodynic
/ (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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Medical definitions for anodynic
[ ăn′ə-dīn′ ]
An agent that relieves pain.
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