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A universal remedy; a panacea.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, from Greek katholikon, generic description, from neuter of katholikos, universal; see catholic.]
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a remedy for all ills; panacea
[C15: from Medieval Latin; see catholic]
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(ˌpæn əˈsi ə)

n., pl. -ce•as.
1. a remedy for all ills; cure-all.
2. a solution for all difficulties.
[1540–50; < Latin < Greek panákeia=panake-, s. of panakḗs all-healing]
pan`a•ce′an, adj.
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a universal remedy or panacea.
See also: Remedies
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catholicon - hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
elixir - a substance believed to cure all ills
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Something believed to cure all human disorders:
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Her topics include advertising and selling books in the 15th century, the Mainz Catholicon 1460-70: an experiment in book production and the book trade, Wynkyn de Worde's native land, an early 18th-century sale of Mainz incunabula by the Frankfurt Dominicans, and buying incunabula in Venice and Milan: the Bibliotheca Smithiana.
For instance, Le supplement du Catholicon ou Nouvelles des regions de la lune (1595), (51) an anonymous text, begins as an extraordinary voyage to the moon, but the flight proves to be a mere pretext so that the narrator can criticize--from a "distanced," privileged position--the reigns of the European princes.
The Catholicon of Giovanni Balbi (1483) (22) is an early Latin dictionary.
The 1483 copy of Catholicon Anglicumis, a Middle English-Latin dictionary is the only one of its kind in existence.
The dictionary Catholicon Anglicum, is thought to have been written in northern England and dates from 1483 and is one of its kind, the Daily Express reported.
Com relacao aos dicionarios, admite-se, segundo Nunes (2006), a ocorrencia do evento da dicionarizacao, cujo inicio se deu com a producao intensificada dos primeiros glossarios no seculo VI e dos primeiros dicionarios medievais do latim, que foram pouco divulgados e de consulta dificil, dentre os quais se destacam o Papias(seculo XI) e o Catholicon, de Joao Balbo de Genova, impresso por Gutenberg no seculo XV.