par·​e·​go·​ric | \ ˌper-ə-ˈgȯr-ik How to pronounce paregoric (audio) , -ˈgär-, ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of paregoric

: camphorated tincture of opium used especially to relieve pain

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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., "Why it's time to abandon teething medications," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of paregoric

circa 1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paregoric

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

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par·​e·​go·​ric | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈgȯr-ik, -ˈgōr-, -ˈgär- How to pronounce paregoric (audio) \

Medical Definition of paregoric

: camphorated tincture of opium used especially to relieve pain

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