a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties: His economic philosophy is a good one, but he tries to use it as a panacea.

Origin of panacea

1540–50; < Latin < Greek panákeia, equivalent to panake-, stem of panakḗs all-healing (pan- pan- + akḗs a cure) + -ia -ia
Related formspan·a·ce·an, adjective

Synonyms for panacea

1, 2. elixir, nostrum.




an ancient Greek goddess of healing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for panacea

elixir, remedy, nostrum, cure, relief, catholicon

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British Dictionary definitions for panacea



a remedy for all diseases or ills
Derived Formspanacean, adjective

Word Origin for panacea

C16: via Latin from Greek panakeia healing everything, from pan all + akēs remedy
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Word Origin and History for panacea

"universal remedy," 1540s, from Latin panacea, a herb (variously identified) that would heal all illnesses, from Greek panakeia "cure-all," from panakes "all-healing," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + akos "cure," from iasthai "to heal" (see -iatric). Earlier in English as panace (1510s).

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panacea in Medicine




A remedy claimed to be curative of all problems or disorders; a cure-all.
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