What does anodyne mean?

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ˈæn əˌdaɪnan·o·dyne

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. analgesic, anodyne, painkiller, pain pilladjective

    a medicine used to relieve pain

  2. analgesic, analgetic, anodyneadjective

    capable of relieving pain

    "the anodyne properties of certain drugs"; "an analgesic effect"


  1. anodynenoun

    Any medicine or other agent that relieves pain.

  2. anodynenoun

    A source of relaxation or comfort.

  3. anodyneadjective

    Capable of soothing or eliminating pain.

  4. anodyneadjective

    Soothing or relaxing.

    Classical music is rather anodyne.

  5. anodyneadjective

    Noncontentious, blandly agreeable, unlikely to cause offence or debate; bland, inoffensive.

  6. Etymology: From anodynus, from ἀνώδυνος, from ἀν- + ὀδύνη.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anodyneadjective

    serving to assuage pain; soothing

  2. Anodyneadjective

    any medicine which allays pain, as an opiate or narcotic; anything that soothes disturbed feelings

  3. Etymology: [L. anodynus, Gr. free from pain, stilling pain; 'an priv. + pain: cf. F. anodin.]


  1. Anodyne

    In medicine before the 20th century, an anodyne was a drug that was believed to relieve or soothe pain by lessening the sensitivity of the brain or nervous system. It was essentially an analgesic. Some definitions restrict the term to topical medications, including herbal simples such as onion, lily, root of mallows, leaves of violet, and elderberry. Other definitions include ingested narcotics, hypnotics, and opiates. Certain compound medicines were also called by this name, such as anodyne balsam, made of castile soap, camphor, saffron, and spirit of wine, and digested in a sand heat. It was recommended not only for easing extreme pain, but for assisting in discharging the peccant matter that occurred with the pain.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anodyne

    an′o-dīn, n. a medicine that allays pain, whether acting on the nerves and nerve terminations (aconite, belladonna, cocaine), on the brain (chloral, Indian hemp), or on all these parts (opium, bromide of potassium). [Gr.; a, an, neg., and odynē, pain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anodyne in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anodyne in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  • успокояващ, болкоуспокояващо, намаляващ болкатаBulgarian
  • anodíCatalan, Valencian
  • schmerzstillendGerman
  • anodinoSpanish
  • آنودینPersian
  • rauhoittava, kipulääke, lievittävä, lievitys, vaisu, neutraaliFinnish
  • apaisant, analgésique, calmantFrench
  • anodinoItalian
  • anodyneHebrew
  • アノードJapanese
  • curarum lenimenLatin
  • anodyneNorwegian
  • łagodzącyPolish
  • безобидный, болеутоляющее, успокаивающий, анальгетик, болеутоляющий, успокоениеRussian
  • smärtstillande, dövande, lugnande, urvattnad, nedtonad, blek, narkotiskSwedish
  • yatıştırıcıTurkish
  • АнодінUkrainian
  • انوڈینUrdu

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    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    • A. accessory
    • B. integrity
    • C. tranquillity
    • D. troop

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