ca·​thol·​i·​con kə-ˈthä-lə-ˌkän How to pronounce catholicon (audio)

Example Sentences

he seems to prescribe fluids and rest as a catholicon for everything

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Greek katholikon, neuter of katholikos

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catholicon was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Catholicon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


ca·​thol·​i·​con kə-ˈthäl-ə-ˌkän How to pronounce catholicon (audio)
: something that is a cure-all or panacea
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