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par•e•gor•ic  (par′i gôrik, -gor-),USA pronunciation n. [Pharm.]
  1. Drugsa camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used chiefly to stop diarrhea in children.
  2. Drugsany soothing medicine;

  1. Drugs[Archaic.]assuaging pain;
  • Greek parēgorikós soothing, equivalent. to paré̄gor(os) pertaining to consolatory speech (equivalent. to par- par- + -ēgor-, combining form of agorá̄ agora + -os adjective, adjectival suffix) + -ikos -ic
  • Late Latin parēgoricus
  • 1675–85

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paregoric /ˌpærəˈɡɒrɪk/ n
  1. a medicine containing opium, benzoic acid, camphor (English paregoric) or ammonia (Scottish paregoric), and anise oil, formerly widely used to relieve diarrhoea and coughing in children
Etymology: 17th Century (meaning: relieving pain): via Late Latin from Greek parēgorikos soothing, from parēgoros relating to soothing speech, from para-1 (beside, alongside of) + -ēgor-, from agoreuein to speak in assembly, from agora assembly

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