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panacea from Panace, daughter of Aesculapius;

Original French:  Panacea de Panace, fille de Æculapius:

Modern French:  Panacea de Panace, fille de Aesculapius:



All-heal (Nepenthe). Pliny xxv 4, § 11.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
The Five Books and Minor Writings. Volume 1: Books I-III
William Francis Smith [1842–1919], translator
London: Alexader P. Watt, 1893


Thus panacea, or allheal, including valerian and mistletoe, named for Panace, daughter of Æsculapius.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Complete works of Rabelais
Jacques LeClercq [1891–1971], translator
New York: Modern Library, 1936

panacea, de Panace

Pline, XXV, 11, en mentionne plusieurs espèces: « Duo ejus genera, masculus et fœmina. » C’est Mercurialis annua, L. Son usage thérapeutique est fort ancien; le miel de mercuriale entre encore dans la composition de nos lavements purgatifs. (Paul Delaunay)

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Oeuvres. Tome Cinquieme: Tiers Livre. Édition critique
p. 347
Abel Lefranc [1863-1952], editor
Paris: Librairie Ancienne Honoré Champion, 1931


Pline, XXV, xi.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Œuvres complètes
p. 503, n. 6
Mireille Huchon, editor
Paris: Gallimard, 1994


panacea. [adopted from Latin panace¯a, adopted from Greek pana´keia universal remedy, formed on panakh´j `all-healing’.]

A remedy, cure, or medicine reputed to heal all diseases; a catholicon or universal remedy.

1548 Udall, etc. Erasm. Par. Luke Pref. 8 b, [That] which they call panacea, a medicine (as they affirme) effectual and of muche vertue, but knowen to no man.

1599 Nashe Lenten Stuffe Wks. (Grosart) V. 234 Physitions deafen our eares with the Honorificabilitudinitatibus of their heauenly Panachea.

1625 Hart Anat. Ur. Pref. B, This Panacæa was a certaine medicine made of saffron, quick siluer, vermilion, antimonie, and certaine sea shels made vp in fashion of triangular lozenges.

1652 Evelyn Miscellaneous Writings (1805) 89 Phlebotomie, which is their panacea for all diseases.

Applied to a reputed herb of healing virtue, vaguely and variously identified; All-heal. Obsolete

1590 Edmund Spenser Faerie Queene iii. v. 32 Whether yt divine Tobacco were, Or Panachæa, or Polygony, Shee fownd, and brought it to her patient deare.

1706 Phillips, Panacea,… the Herb All-heal or Wound-wort.

1727-41 Ephriam Chambers Cyclopædia; or, an universal dictionary of arts and sciences, Panacea,… All-heal, is also applied to several plants, by reason of the extraordinary virtues ascribed to them.


Æsculapius. Also Esc-. [Latin] The Roman god of medicine; hence figuratively, a physician.



Posted 26 January 2013. Modified 12 February 2017.

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