Definition of paregoric in US English:



  • A medicine consisting of opium flavored with camphor, aniseed, and benzoic acid, formerly used to treat diarrhea and coughing in children.

    • ‘Calomel, which was used in conjunction with paregoric to treat diarrhea, later was found to be a deadly mercury poison that actually made the diarrhea worse.’
    • ‘He is more self-indulgent about his agues, fevers, constipation, and other ills, and goes into detail about the remedies for same - among them, paregoric, laudanum, chamomile, and an otherwise unidentified bark tea.’
    • ‘Opium tincture and paregoric are similar products that are both extracts of opium and are both primarily employed as antidiarrheal agents.’
    • ‘Medications used in this approach include paregoric, tincture of opium, phenobarbital, benzodiazepines, and chlorpromazine.’
    • ‘Do not use teething lotions, powders, whiskey, or paregoric (because it has opium in it).’
    soothing, alleviating, sedative, calmative, calming
    painkiller, analgesic, pain reliever, sedative, tranquillizer, anodyne, calmative, opiate, bromide
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Late 17th century: via late Latin from Greek parēgorikos ‘soothing’, from the verb parēgorein, literally ‘speak in the assembly’, hence ‘soothe, console’.