1. relieving pain.
  2. 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 formsan·o·dyn·ic [an-uh-din-ik] /ˌæn əˈdɪn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for anodynic


  1. a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
  2. anything that alleviates mental distress
  1. 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 anodynic



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."

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anodynic in Medicine


  1. An agent that relieves pain.
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