panacea

  

Definition

A hypothetical cure for all diseases and illnesses. The term is also used to symbolize something that would make all of one's problems and troubles disappear.

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  • The man thought that taking a large dose of vitamins would be the panacea for all of his medical problems, but he found that this was simply not the case.

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  • The snake oil salesman of the Old West typically hawked a bottled elixir of questionable content, claiming its value as a panacea.

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  • Many patients believe that antibiotics are a panacea that will cure all of their ills, but this type of medication is only effective against bacterial infections.

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