[ par-i-gawr-ik, -gor- ]
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  1. a camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used chiefly to stop diarrhea in children.

  2. any soothing medicine; anodyne.

  1. 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 agorā́agora1 + -os adj. suffix) + -ikos-ic

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/ (ˌpærəˈɡɒrɪk) /

  1. 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

Origin of 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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