Catholicon - #474


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Jan 05 2019 14

Today's word of the day is catholicon, C-A-T-H-O-L-I-C-O-N. Catholicon is a noun that means a panacea or cure-all.


Although our word of the day has nothing to do with religion, it has a connection with Catholicism. Both catholicon and catholic derive from the Greek word Katholikos (kath oh lee KO) which means universal, general. In the case of catholicon, it refers to a universal cure for a condition. 


The medical world has made great strides in its fight against arthritis, but we may be decades away from a catholicon that would eliminate all forms of the ailment.


Catholicon is spelled C-A-T-H-O-L-I-C-O-N.