Definition of panacea in English:



  • A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.

    ‘the panacea for all corporate ills’
    ‘the time-honoured panacea, cod liver oil’
    • ‘Gene therapy will never be a panacea, but ultimately it will be one method among many for helping patients with severe genetic disease.’
    • ‘Stopping smoking is hard, but a variety of methods can help even though none is a panacea.’
    • ‘We believe that neither is a panacea and that holistic provision should include both methods.’
    • ‘But, like any tool, it is not a panacea for the difficulties of modern civilization.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, women need to be advised that a caesarean section is not a panacea.’
    • ‘Mental health care may function as a panacea for many different personal and social problems.’
    • ‘And so I don't think anyone looks at screening as a magic panacea to save the health budget.’
    • ‘Many people in the United States think that screening is a panacea, a way of warding off disease and staying healthy perhaps forever.’
    • ‘Some researchers contend that sympathetic nerve blocks are not the panacea they are made out to be.’
    • ‘Not even my usual panacea for brainache - a glass of red wine - seems to do the trick.’
    • ‘Their successors, the pharmaceutical industry, have much the same motive, although the modern method is to turn the full spectrum of panaceas and pills into profit.’
    • ‘Weight loss in and of itself is probably not the panacea you are looking for.’
    • ‘It may not be a panacea, but we're going to need every weapon we can find against bacterial infection.’
    • ‘Care paths are not panaceas and their worth depends on the integrity of the logic and the appropriateness of the options offered.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he said, it was not reasonable to expect the sauna to be a panacea for so many diseases.’
    • ‘Thus schools have become the all-purpose panacea, the one-stop solution to any government headache.’
    • ‘She is aware that this has not been a panacea or overnight solution in Sweden, but regards it as by far the best of a dubious set of alternatives.’
    • ‘The drugs are not a panacea but they do improve quality of life and boost life expectancy.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the life course approach may not be the panacea for all our ills but it may well be.’
    • ‘If those consumers think the drug industrial monopolists already charge too much for pills and panaceas, just wait until the privately patented and monopolized ‘stem cell cures’ hit the market…’
    universal cure, cure-all, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bullet
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Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek panakeia, from panakēs ‘all-healing’, from pan ‘all’ + akos ‘remedy’.