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panacea

[ pan-uh-see-uh ]
/ ˌpæn əˈsi ə /
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noun
a remedy for all disease or ills.
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

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin, from Greek panákeia, equivalent to panake-, stem of panakḗs “all-healing” (pan- “all” + akḗs “a cure”) + -ia noun suffix; pan-, -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM panacea

pan·a·ce·an, adjective

Other definitions 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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