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[kuh-thol-i-kuh n]
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  1. a universal remedy; panacea.
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Origin of catholicon

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin < Greek katholikón neuter of katholikós catholic
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Historical Examples

  • I answer it is no catholicon, no panacea; nor is any cure for all diseases to be found.

    Every Man his own Doctor

    R. T. Claridge

  • The Catholicon is printed in a small type, not very cleanly cut.

    Fine Books

    Alfred W. Pollard

  • We are now in a position to understand Balbi's performance in the Catholicon.

  • Item satelles dicitur quia adheret alteri ad eius custodiam, Catholicon.

  • The preface contains a sarcastic harangue in orthodox charlatan style on the merits of the new Catholicon or Panacea.

British Dictionary definitions for catholicon


  1. a remedy for all ills; panacea
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Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin; see catholic
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