anodyne


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an·o·dyne

 (ăn′ə-dīn′)
adj.
1. Capable of soothing or eliminating pain.
2. Relaxing: anodyne novels about country life.
n.
1. A medicine, such as aspirin, that relieves pain.
2. A source of soothing comfort.

[Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos, free from pain : an-, without; see a-1 + odunē, pain; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

anodyne

(ˈænəˌdaɪn)
n
1. (Pharmacology) a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
2. anything that alleviates mental distress
adj
capable of relieving pain or distress
[C16: from Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos painless, from an- + odunē pain]

an•o•dyne

(ˈæn əˌdaɪn)

n.
1. anything that relieves pain or distress.
adj.
2. relieving pain.
3. soothing to the feelings.
[1535–45; < Latin anōdynus < Greek anṓdynos painless]
an`o•dyn′ic (-ˈdɪn ɪk) adj.

anodyne

a pain-relieving medicine, as an opiate or narcotic.
See also: Remedies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anodyne - a medicine used to relieve painanodyne - a medicine used to relieve pain  
acetaminophen, Anacin III, Datril, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, Tylenol - an analgesic for mild pain but not for inflammation; also used as an antipyretic; (Datril, Tylenol, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, and Anacin III are trademarks of brands of acetaminophen tablets)
acetanilid, acetanilide, phenylacetamide - a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
acetophenetidin, acetphenetidin, phenacetin - a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
amidopyrine, aminopyrine - a white crystalline substance used as an analgesic and antipyretic
acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin, Bayer, Empirin, St. Joseph - the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer, Empirin, and St. Joseph) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets
codeine - derivative of opium; used as an antitussive (to relieve coughing) and an analgesic (to relieve pain)
colchicine - an analgesic drug derived from the saffron plant and used to treat gout
Fentanyl, Sublimaze - trade names of a narcotic analgesic that can be inhaled and that acts on the central nervous system and may become addictive; used as a veterinary anesthetic and with other drugs before, during, and after surgery; also used as a nonlethal gas to incapacitate people in hostage situations; also abused as a recreational drug
Dilaudid, hydromorphone, hydromorphone hydrochloride - a narcotic analgesic (trade name Dilaudid) used to treat moderate to severe pain
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
morphia, morphine - an alkaloid narcotic drug extracted from opium; a powerful, habit-forming narcotic used to relieve pain
pentazocine, Talwin - analgesic drug (trade name Talwin) that is less addictive than morphine
phenazopyridine, Pyridium - analgesic (trade name Pyridium) used to treat urinary tract infections
Darvon, propoxyphene, propoxyphene hydrochloride - a mildly narcotic analgesic drug (trade name Darvon) related to methadone but less addictive
sodium salicylate - a crystalline salt used as an analgesic and antipyretic
Adj.1.anodyne - capable of relieving painanodyne - capable of relieving pain; "the anodyne properties of certain drugs"; "an analgesic effect"
moderating - lessening in intensity or strength

anodyne

adjective
1. bland, dull, boring, insipid, unexciting, uninspiring, uninteresting, mind-numbing (informal) Their quarterly meetings were anodyne affairs.
noun
1. painkiller, narcotic, palliative, analgesic, pain reliever Leisure is a kind of anodyne.
Translations
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anodyne

[ˈænəʊdaɪn]
A. ADJ (Med) → analgésico (fig) → anodino
B. N (Med) → analgésico m (fig) → remedio m

anodyne

[ˈænədaɪn] adj (= bland) [remark, comment] → anodin(e); [event] → anodin(e)

anodyne

n (Med) → schmerzstillendes Mittel, Schmerzmittel nt; (fig)Wohltat f
adj (Med) → schmerzstillend; (fig)wohltuend, beruhigend

anodyne

[ˈænəʊˌdaɪn]
1. n (Med) → analgesico, calmante m (fig) (liter) → rimedio
he used to speak of work as "the great anodyne" → soleva definire il lavoro la migliore delle medicine
2. adj (Med) → analgesico/a, calmante (fig) (bland, neutral) → anodino

an·o·dyne

n. anodino, agente mitigador del dolor;
a. insípido-a.
References in classic literature ?
Lecount's master made his appearance at two o'clock, he stood alarmingly in need of an anodyne application from Mrs.
The air was heavy with the perfume of the flowers, and their beauty seemed to bring him an anodyne for his pain.
When Rosamond was quiet, and Lydgate had left her, hoping that she might soon sleep under the effect of an anodyne, he went into the drawing-room to fetch a book which he had left there, meaning to spend the evening in his work-room, and he saw on the table Dorothea's letter addressed to him.
But still later, in the slough of brain-fag and intellectual weariness, I was to remember and know the craving for the anodyne that resides in alcohol.
I was living too high to stand in need of an anodyne.
Yet I was unaware of any need for the drink anodyne.
Mercy on us, Anne, you've flavored that cake with ANODYNE LINIMENT.
I shall always be pointed at as the girl who flavored a cake with anodyne liniment.
The anodyne of muddledom, by which most men blur and blend their mistakes, never passed Leonard's lips--
And as for anodyne adolescents Craig and Caitlin reaching the momentous decision that they're not ready for lust.
The result is a tedious mix of burger bar workers weeping over the death of their pet gerbils before belting out a Whitney Houston classic and high-pitched, anodyne youths.
They are much happier with the anodyne, bland jumper-wearers on Countryfile .