Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A universal remedy; a certain purgative electuary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A universal remedy; -- a name formerly given to a purgative electuary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of purgative medicine formerly in use, compounded of many substances: so called from its supposed general usefulness.

Etymologies

dia- +‎ catholicon (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fernelius and others; diasena, diapolypodium, diacassia, diacatholicon, Wecker's electuary de Epithymo, Ptolemy's hierologadium, of which divers receipts are daily made.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Lenitives are well known, electuarium lenitivum, diaphenicum diacatholicon, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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