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paregoric Syllabification: par·e·gor·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈɡôrik/

Definition of paregoric in English:


A medicine consisting of opium flavored with camphor, aniseed, and benzoic acid, formerly used to treat diarrhea and coughing in children.
Example sentences
  • Medications used in this approach include paregoric, tincture of opium, phenobarbital, benzodiazepines, and chlorpromazine.
  • 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.
  • Do not use teething lotions, powders, whiskey, or paregoric (because it has opium in it).


Late 17th century: via late Latin from Greek parēgorikos 'soothing', from the verb parēgorein, literally 'speak in the assembly', hence 'soothe, console'.

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