Definition of panacea in English:

panacea

noun

  • A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.

    ‘the panacea for all corporate ills’
    ‘the time-honored 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.’
    • ‘Care paths are not panaceas and their worth depends on the integrity of the logic and the appropriateness of the options offered.’
    • ‘And so I don't think anyone looks at screening as a magic panacea to save the health budget.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, women need to be advised that a caesarean section is not a panacea.’
    • ‘Not even my usual panacea for brainache - a glass of red wine - seems to do the trick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘We believe that neither is a panacea and that holistic provision should include both methods.’
    • ‘It may not be a panacea, but we're going to need every weapon we can find against bacterial infection.’
    • ‘Stopping smoking is hard, but a variety of methods can help even though none is a panacea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Weight loss in and of itself is probably not the panacea you are looking for.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the life course approach may not be the panacea for all our ills but it may well be.’
    • ‘Mental health care may function as a panacea for many different personal and social problems.’
    • ‘But, like any tool, it is not a panacea for the difficulties of modern civilization.’
    universal cure, cure-all, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bullet
    catholicon, diacatholicon, panpharmacon
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Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek panakeia, from panakēs all-healing from pan all + akos remedy.

Pronunciation:

panacea

/ˌpanəˈsēə/