from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The philosophy or methods ascribed to Pantagruel, one of the characters of Rabelais; the practice of dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humour.
- noun A satirical or opprobrious term applied to the profession of medicine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The theory or practice of the medical profession; -- used in burlesque or ridicule.
- noun rare An assumption of buffoonery to cover some serious purpose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
comedythat has an underlying seriouspurpose; a form of satire
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As pantagruelism is proceeding almost exclusively on micrological lines, we may expect that, sooner or later, some "eminent physician" will startle the world by discovering the bicycle bacillus.