panacea

[ pan-uh-see-uh ]
/ ˌpæn əˈsi ə /

noun

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.

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Origin of panacea

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

OTHER WORDS FROM panacea

pan·a·ce·an, adjective

Definition for panacea (2 of 2)

Panacea
[ pan-uh-see-uh ]
/ ˌpæn əˈsi ə /

noun

an ancient Greek goddess of healing.
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British Dictionary definitions for panacea

panacea
/ (ˌpænəˈsɪə) /

noun

a remedy for all diseases or ills

Derived forms of panacea

panacean, adjective

Word Origin for panacea

C16: via Latin from Greek panakeia healing everything, from pan all + akēs remedy
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Medical definitions for panacea

panacea
[ păn′ə-sēə ]

n.

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