Definition of paregoric in English:

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paregoric

Pronunciation: /ˌparɪˈɡɒrɪk/

noun

[mass noun] historical
A medicine consisting of opium flavoured with camphor, aniseed, and benzoic acid, formerly used to treat diarrhoea 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).

Origin

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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