- The definition of a panacea is a remedy that says it will cure all illness and difficulties.
An example of a panacea is tonic sold in 1910 to cure the common cold.
Origin: L from Glassical Greek panakeia from panakēs, healing all from pan, all (see pan-) plush akos, healing, medicine from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form yēk-, to cure from source probably Welsh iach, healthy, Old Irish hīcc, cure
- panacean adjective
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Origin: Latin panacēa, from Greek panakeia, from panakēs, all-healing : pan-, pan- + akos, cure.
- panˌa·ceˈan adjective
panacea - Computer Definition
Some antidote or remedy that completely solves a problem. Most so-called panaceas in this industry, if they survive at all, wind up sitting alongside and working with the products they were supposed to replace. In addition, nothing solves a problem without introducing its own new set of problems. See Systemantics.
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