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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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pan•a•ce•a(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]
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a universal remedy or panacea.See also: Remedies
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|Noun||1.||catholicon - hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists|
elixir - a substance believed to cure all ills
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