Definition of linctus in English:



  • [mass noun] Thick liquid medicine, especially cough mixture.

    • ‘Traces of cough linctus suggest that he was being looked after.’
    • ‘I'm feeding him freshly-squeezed lemon and honey topped up with boiling water, paracetemol, and pholcodine linctus.’
    • ‘It'll pass of course, these things always do, and in the meantime I can get by on aspirin, linctus and the occasional hot toddy.’
    • ‘There comes a time, however, when you simply can't face another pill, potion or linctus without throwing up.’
    • ‘He asked for a list of drugs, but Mrs Patel could only provide codeine linctus, which can be used by heroin addicts.’
    • ‘If I list just five of the 31 possible side effects of Solaraze such as ulcers, dermatitis, hair loss and vomiting, then surely a little bottle of linctus is very small beer.’
    • ‘In 1993 I was given a liver function test and later told by the consultant that if I continued with my addiction to the cough linctus, I would definitely die within the next 12 months.’
    • ‘Another method described in an ancient text is sugar-candy taken with rice-wash in the form of a linctus to produce sterility in a woman without lessening her passion.’
    • ‘This morning I've struggled back in to work armed with a bottle of linctus and a large box of tissues, man-size for man-flu!’
    • ‘To Spilsby this morning, to fetch linctus, lemons and honey for Graham, who has now developed a full-scale summer cough.’
    • ‘Pholcodine linctus suppresses dry coughs and simple linctus soothes the throat or tickly cough without any side effects.’
    • ‘I was offered instead a bottle of children's linctus.’
    • ‘When these thin, frazzled, frequent flyers contract the lurgy or lethargy, they don't stock up on Lemsip, linctus or Boots multivitamins like the rest of us.’
    • ‘I shall attack this with a suitable linctus and hot rum'n'lemon toddies when I've been out shopping tomorrow and after my house viewers have been in the mid-afternoon.’
    • ‘Then I started drinking heavily, smoking cannabis, drinking Temaza linctus which made me go a bit crazy.’


Late 17th century: from Latin, from lingere to lick.