[ par-i-gawr-ik, -gor- ]
/ ˌpær ɪˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr- /

noun Pharmacology.

a camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used chiefly to stop diarrhea in children.
any soothing medicine; anodyne.


Archaic. assuaging pain; soothing.

Origin of paregoric

1675–85; < Late Latin parēgoricus < Greek parēgorikós soothing, equivalent to parḗgor(os) pertaining to consolatory speech (equivalent to par- par- + -ēgor-, combining form of agorā́ agora1 + -os adj. suffix) + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paregoric


/ (ˌpærəˈɡɒrɪk) /


a medicine containing opium, benzoic acid, camphor (English paregoric) or ammonia (Scottish paregoric), and anise oil, formerly widely used to relieve diarrhoea and coughing in children

Word Origin for paregoric

C17 (meaning: relieving pain): via Late Latin from Greek parēgorikos soothing, from parēgoros relating to soothing speech, from para- 1 (beside, alongside of) + -ēgor-, from agoreuein to speak in assembly, from agora assembly
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Medicine definitions for paregoric


[ păr′ə-gôrĭk ]


A camphorated tincture of opium, taken internally for the relief of diarrhea and intestinal pain.
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