pan·​chres·​ton | \ panˈkrestən, -ˌtän \
plural -s

Definition of panchreston

: a broadly inclusive and often oversimplified thesis that is intended to cover all possible variations within an area of concern

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First Known Use of panchreston

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for panchreston

Greek panchrēston panacea, from neuter of panchrēstos good for all work, from pan- + chrēstos useful

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“Panchreston.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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