Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A remedy for all diseases or evils; a universal, remedy or medicine; a catholicon.
  • noun An herb or root believed to possess extraordinary healing properties, probably ginseng.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A remedy for all diseases; a universal medicine; a cure-all; catholicon; hence, a relief or solace for affliction.
  • noun (Bot.) The herb allheal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all.
  • noun Something that will solve all problems.
  • noun obsolete A particular plant believed to provide a cure-all.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
  • noun (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin panacēa, from Greek panakeia, from panakēs, all-healing : pan-, pan- + akos, cure.]

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From Latin panacēa, from Ancient Greek πανάκεια (panakeia), from πανακής (panakēs, "all-healing"), from πᾶν (pan, "all") (equivalent to English pan-) + ἄκος (akos, "cure").

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