paregoric definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Late Latin paregoricus ; from Classical Greek parēgorikos ; from parēgoros, speaking, consoling, soothing ; from para-, on the side of (see para-) plush agora, assembly, agora
- Archaic a medicine that soothes or lessens pain
- a camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used to relieve diarrhea
paregoric definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Late Latin parēgoricus, soothing, from Greek parēgorikos, from parēgorein, to talk over, soothe, from parēgoros, consoling : para-, beside; see para-1 + agorā, agora; see agora1.
paregoric - Medical Definition