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panpharmacon Line breaks: pan|pharma|con
Pronunciation: /panˈfɑːməkɒn/

Definition of panpharmacon in English:


A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases; a panacea.
Example sentences
  • He was of a healthy constitution, very fond of tobacco, which he used to call his panpharmacon.
  • Ginseng is cried up as a kind of panpharmacon against all sorts of distempers, especially of the venereal kind.
  • The divine Isaac Barrow resorted to this panpharmacon whenever he wished to collect his thoughts.


Mid 17th century: from pan- + Greek pharmakon 'drug'.

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