from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all.
- n. Something that will solve all problems.
- n. A particular plant believed to provide a cure-all.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A remedy for all diseases; a universal medicine; a cure-all; catholicon; hence, a relief or solace for affliction.
- n. The herb allheal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A remedy for all diseases or evils; a universal, remedy or medicine; a catholicon.
- n. An herb or root believed to possess extraordinary healing properties, probably ginseng.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
- n. (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia
Latin panacēa, from Greek panakeia, from panakēs, all-healing : pan-, pan- + akos, cure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin panacēa, from Ancient Greek πανάκεια (panakeia), from πανακής (panakēs, "all-healing"), from πᾶν (pan, "all") (equivalent to English pan-) + ἄκος (akos, "cure"). (Wiktionary)