paregoric

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paregoric

(pâr'əgôr`ĭk), alcoholic solution of opium and camphor first prepared in the 18th cent. Because of the constipating effect of opium, paregoric has been used to control diarrhea. It was formerly a constituent of many cough elixirs.
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paregoric

[¦par·ə¦gȯr·ik]
(pharmacology)
Camphorated opium tincture, a preparation of opium, camphor, benzoic acid, anise oil, glycerin, and diluted alcohol; used mainly as an antiperistaltic.
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