Anodyne An"o*dyne ([a^]n"[-o]*d[imac]n), a. [L. anodynus, Gr. ? free from pain, stilling pain; 'an priv. + ? pain: cf. F. anodin.] Serving to assuage pain; soothing. [1913 Webster]

The anodyne draught of oblivion. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``The word [in a medical sense] in chiefly applied to the different preparations of opium, belladonna, hyoscyamus, and lettuce.'' --Am. Cyc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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