par·​e·​go·​ric ˌper-ə-ˈgȯr-ik How to pronounce paregoric (audio)
: camphorated tincture of opium used especially to relieve pain

Examples of paregoric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parents have always been overwhelmed by babies crying from teething and have used some truly awful, dangerous methods to stop the pain such as drinking alcohol, paregoric (a strong opioid), and now benzocaine., 7 June 2018

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Word History


French parégorique mitigating pain, from Late Latin paregoricus, from Greek parēgorikos, from parēgorein to talk over, soothe, from para- + agora assembly, from ageirein to gather

First Known Use

circa 1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paregoric was circa 1827

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“Paregoric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


par·​e·​go·​ric ˌpar-ə-ˈgȯr-ik How to pronounce paregoric (audio)
: a liquid mixture of opium and camphor in alcohol used especially to relieve pain

Medical Definition


par·​e·​go·​ric ˌpar-ə-ˈgȯr-ik, -ˈgōr-, -ˈgär- How to pronounce paregoric (audio)
: camphorated tincture of opium used especially to relieve pain

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