What does panacea mean?

Definitions for panaceaˌpæn əˈsi ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Panacea(noun)

    (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia

  2. panacea, nostrum, catholicon, cure-all(noun)

    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists


  1. panacea(Noun)

    A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all.

  2. panacea(Noun)

    Something that will solve all problems.

    A monorail will be a panacea for our traffic woes.

  3. panacea(Noun)

    A particular plant believed to provide a cure-all.

  4. Panacea(ProperNoun)

    Daughter of Asclepius and Salus (or Epione). She was the personification of healing through herbs.

  5. Origin: From panacea, from πανάκεια, from πανακής, from πᾶν (equivalent to English pan-) + ἄκος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Panacea(noun)

    a remedy for all diseases; a universal medicine; a cure-all; catholicon; hence, a relief or solace for affliction

  2. Panacea(noun)

    the herb allheal

  3. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. pana`keia fr. panakh`s all-healing; pa^s pa^n, all + 'akei^sqai to heal.]


  1. Panacea

    In Greek mythology, Panacea was a goddess of Universal remedy. She was the daughter of Asclepius and Epione. Panacea and her four sisters each performed a facet of Apollo's art: Panacea, Hygieia, Iaso, Aceso, and Aglæa/Ægle. Panacea also had four brothers – Podaleirus, one of the two kings of Tricca, who had a flair for diagnostics, and Machaon, the other king of Tricca, who was a master surgeon; Telesphoros, who devoted his life to serving Asclepius; and Aratus, her stepbrother, who was a Greek hero and the patron/liberator of Sicyon. Panacea was said to have a poultice or potion with which she healed the sick. This brought about the concept of the panacea in medicine, a substance meant to cure all diseases. The term is also used figuratively as something intended to completely solve a large, multi-faceted problem.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Panacea

    pan-a-sē′a, n. a universal medicine: (bot.) the plant Allheal (Valeriana officinalis). [Gr. panakeiapas, pan, all, akos, cure.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of panacea in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of panacea in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom Peters:

    Communication is everyone's panacea for everything.

  2. Gwede Mantashe:

    Privatisation of electricity supply is not a panacea.

  3. Kevin Chapman:

    From my standpoint, I do n’t think it’s going to quite be the panacea we’re hoping it to be.

  4. Los Angeles:

    It's probably not going to be a panacea but it's going to improve things, at the very least, it's a gigantic first step.

  5. Los Angeles:

    It’s probably not going to be a panacea but it’s going to improve things, at the very least, it’s a gigantic first step.

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