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27 August 2012 @ 10:54 pm
WotD - Panacea  
panacea, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˌpanəˈsɪə/, /ˌpanəˈsiːə/,  U.S. /ˌpænəˈsiə/
Forms:  15 panachea,   15–16 panachaea,   15– panacea,   16 panacaea
Etymology: <  classical Latin panacēa, any of various plants reputed to have universal healing powers, also personified as the daughter of Aesculapius <  Hellenistic Greek πανάκεια plant reputed to have universal healing powers, universal remedy, already in ancient Greek personified as the daughter of Asclepius, god of healing <  Hellenistic Greek πανακής all-healing (see panace n.) + -ία -ia suffix1. Compare earlier panace n.
 1.
 a.  A remedy, cure, or medicine reputed to cure all diseases.
 b.  fig. Something used to solve all problems; a practice or course of action adopted in every case of difficulty; a universal cure.
2.  A plant reputed to heal all diseases; allheal or woundwort. Cf. panace n. Obs.
3.  panacea of mercury n. Obs. calomel washed in purified alcohol, formerly used medicinally.
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