WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pan•a•ce•a /ˌpænəˈsiə/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ce•as. 
  1. something that can cure all ills;
    a cure-all.
  2. a solution for all difficulties.
pan•a•ce•an, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pan•a•ce•a  (pan′ə sēə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a remedy for all disease or ills;
  2. an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties:His economic philosophy is a good one, but he tries to use it as a panacea.
pan′a•cean, adj. 
  • Greek panákeia, equivalent. to panake-, stem of panaké̄s all-healing (pan- pan- + aké̄s a cure) + -ia -ia
  • Latin
  • 1540–50
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged elixir, nostrum.

Pan•a•ce•a  (pan′ə sēə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mythologyan ancient Greek goddess of healing.

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panacea /ˌpænəˈsɪə/ n
  1. a remedy for all diseases or ills
Etymology: 16th Century: via Latin from Greek panakeia healing everything, from pan all + akēs remedy

ˌpanaˈcean adj

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