remedy

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Something that cures or counteracts
Nouns
1. remedy, help, redress, restoration; antidote, counterpoison, counterirritant, counteragent, antitoxin, antibody, prophylactic, antiseptic, corrective, restorative, sedative, palliative, febrifuge; germicide, specific, emetic, cathartic, carminative; narcotic, sedation (see insensibility, drugs). Slang, jollop. See relief.
2.
a. antibiosis; antibiotic, germicide, wonder drug, miracle drug; toxin, antitoxin, penicillin, gramicidin; bacitracin, Chloromycetin, Aureomycin, bactericide, bacteriostat, cyclosporin, dihydrostreptomycin, erythromycin, gumagillin, magnamycin, neomycin, polymycin, streptomycin, Terramycin, tetracycline; sulfa, sulfonamide, sulfadiazine, sulfanilamide, sulfapyridine, sulfathiazole.
b. medication; anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antidiuretic, antiemetic, antihistamine, antipruritic, antipyretic, antiserum, antispasmodic, antitoxin, antitussive, antivenin; antidote; analgesic, painkiller, acetaminophen, aspirin, phenacetin, acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen, Anacin, Bufferin, Bayer, Darvon, Tylenol, Vioxx; adrenaline, epinephrine; antacid, Brioschi, Alka-Seltzer, Bromo-Seltzer, Rolaids, Maalox, Milk of Magnesia, Turns, Zantac; astringent; [local or general] anesthetic, benzocaine, clove oil, counterirritant, ether, laudanum, lidocaine, Novocaine, procaine, Nupercaine; beta blocker; bronchodilator; camphor; laxative, purgative, castor oil, glycerin, mineral oil, senna; hormone, cortisone, ephedrine, epinephrine, estrogen, progesterone, fertility drug, insulin, testosterone; cough suppressant, cough syrup, expectorant; anticoagulant, Coumadin, dicoumarin; antiseptic, cresol; relaxant, curare; nitroglycerin; sanative, curative; decongestant, inhalant; febrifuge; elixir, electuary; paregoric; quinine; [anabolic] steroid; vaccine, toxoid; sleeping pill, soporific; tolbutamide; vasoconstrictor, vasodilator.
3. (general remedy) physic, palliative, medicine, medication, simples, drug, potion, draught, draft, dose, pill, caplet, capsule, troche, lozenge, bolus, tincture, medicament.
4. (unproved remedy) nostrum, receipt, recipe, prescription; panacea, sovereign remedy, cure[-all], catholicon, miracle drug, elixir, elixir vitae, philosopher's stone, balm, balsam, cordial, ptisan, tisane, patent medicine; herb, borage, heartleaf, hog hoof tea, horse-mint tea.
5. salve, balm, balsam, ointment, oil, lenitive, [calamine] lotion, cosmetic, emollient, demulcent, embrocation, liniment, depilatory, glycerin, glycerol, mustard plaster, ointment, unguent, poultice, rubefacient, salve; petrolatum, petroleum jelly, Vaseline; sitz bath, Epsom salts; eyewash; antiseptic, iodine, Mercurochrome, thimerosal, Merthiolate.
6. bandage, binder, poultice, plaster, gauze, dressing, Band-Aid, compress, stupe, Ace or elastic bandage, tourniquet, surgical dressing; sling, splint, support; brace; cotton ball or swab; artificial limb, prosthesis, prosthetic device.
7. (medical action) hospitalization; treatment, therapy, regimen, first aid; physical examination; diet, dietetics; appliance; cosmetic, exploratory, laser, major or minor, noninvasive, open-heart, oral, plastic, or reconstructive surgery; ablation, abortion, abscission, acupressure, acupuncture, amniocentesis, amputation, angiography, appendectomy, arthroscopy, artificial insemination, aspiration, auscultation, aversion therapy, autopsy, behavior modification, biofeedback, biopsy, bleeding, bloodletting, phlebotomy, bypass, cesarean section, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, cautery, chemotherapy, cholecystectomy, circumcision, colonic irrigation, colostomy, cordotomy, cosmetic surgery, couching, cryosurgery, cupping, debridement, decompression, desensitization, detoxification, dialysis, diathermy, dilation and evacuation, echography, electrocardiogram, electrocautery, electroencephalogram, electrophoresis, electrosurgery, enema, enterostomy, episiotomy, ergotherapy, euthanasia, mercy killing, excision, extraction, fenestration, fluoroscopy, gastrectomy, graft, Heimlich maneuver, hemodialysis, hepatectomy, hydrotherapy, hypnosis, hysterectomy, ileostomy, incision, injection, inoculation, intubation, irradiation, keratoplasty, corneal transplant, laparoscopy, laparotomy, laryngectomy, lavage, leeches; surgery, leeching, life care, liposuction, lithotripsy, lobotomy, magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, mammography, mastectomy, microsurgery, nephrectomy, nephrolithotomy, neurotomy, operation, organ transplant, orthodontics, ostectomy, osteoclasis, palpation, Pap test, patch test, percussion, perfusion, periodontics, phlebotomy, phototherapy, physiotherapy, plastic surgery, prophylaxis, prosthesis, pyelography, resection, rhino-plasty, rhizotomy, salpingectomy, scratch test, section, shock treatment, stress test, tomography, tonsillectomy, tracheotomy, traction, tubal ligation, urinalysis, uroscopy, vasectomy, venesection, venipuncture, ventilation.
8. (areas of medical specialization) aerospace, behavioral, clinical, community, emergency, environmental, general, holistic, industrial, internal, laboratory, nuclear, occupational, physical, preventive, space, sports, tropical, or veterinary medicine; allopathy, anesthesiology, audiology, bacteriology, biomedicine, cariology, chemotherapy, chiropody, chiropractic, cosmetic surgery, crisis intervention, dentistry, dermatology, embryology, endocrinology, endodontics, epidemiology, etiology, forensic pathology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gerontology, gynecology, hematology, histology, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, hypnotherapy, immunology, lomilomi, massage therapy, mental hygiene, midwifery, myotherapy, naturopathy, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, ophthalmology, optometry, oral surgery, orthodontics, orthopedics, osteopathy, otolaryngology, otorhinolaryngology, parasitology, pathology, pediatrics, pedodontics, perinatology, periodontics, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, pharmacy, plastic surgery, podiatry, proctology, prosthodontics, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychology, public health, radiology, radiotherapy, rheumatology, serology, surgery, symptomatology, tertology, therapeutics, tocology, toxicology, urology, virology.
9. [backup, base, children's, convalescent, cooperative, county or city, day, maternity, mental, private, teaching, or veterans] hospital, facility, medicalcenter, infirmary, pesthouse, lazaretto, dispensary, clinic, sanitarium, sanatorium, asylum, spa, halfway house, rest home, hospice, field hospital; emergency room, examining room, intensive care unit, isolation ward, operating room, recovery room, sick bay, sickroom, trauma center, waitingroom, ward; Red Cross, World Health Organization, Public Health Service; managed care, health management organization, HMO, Blue Cross, BlueShield, universal health care, Medicare, Medicaid, gatekeeper, preferredprovider organization, PPO, POS, primary care network; socialized medicine; primary, secondary, or tertiary care; self-care. Slang, doc-box.
10. doctor, physician; dentist; surgeon, general practitioner, caregiver; neurologist, pathologist, psychiatrist, oculist; allergist, allopath, anesthesiologist, anesthetist, apothecary, pharmacist, chemist, druggist, pharmacologist, chiropractor, clinician, coroner, medical examiner, dental hygienist or technician, dentist, orthodontist, orthopedic surgeon, dietitian, nutritionist, faith healer, family doctor or practitioner, GP, homeopath, internist, medic, medicine man, shaman, midwife, accoucheur, accoucheuse, naturopathic doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse's aide, nutritionist, oculist, ophthalmologist, optician, optometrist, orderly, orthopedic surgeon, bonesetter, osteopath, otologist, aurist, paramedic, physical therapist, physiotherapist, provider, psychiatrist, psychotherapist (see insanity), radiographer, radiologist, radiotherapist, specialist, technician. Informal, candy-striper. Slang, doc, sawbones, bone crusher, pill pusher, quack, bolus, plumber, gasser, croaker, doctorine, femme D, mediciner, medico, Doctor Feelgood, rear admiral; gumdigger, tooth-doctor.
11. patient (see disease). Slang, gomer.
Verbs — remedy, doctor, dose, physic, nurse, operate, minister to, treat, attend; dress the wounds, plaster; prevent, relieve, cure, heal, clear up, palliate, restore (see restoration); bleed; respond to treatment.
Adjectives — remedial, restorative, corrective, curative, palliative, healing, sanatory, sanative; cathartic; antitoxic, antiseptic, prophylactic, medical, medicinal, surgical, therapeutic, tonic, analeptic, balsamic, anodyne, hypnotic, neurotic, narcotic, sedative, lenitive, demulcent, emollient, detergent; antibiotic, bactericidal, bacteriostatic; disinfectant, febrifugal, laxative, dietetic, alimentary, nutritious, nutritive, peptic; curable, remediable. Informal, touchyfeely.
Phrases — an apple a day keeps the doctor away; medicine can prolong life, but death will seize the doctor, too; illness tells us what we are; feed a cold, starve a fever; time is a great healer.
Quotations — The remedy is worse than the disease (Francis Bacon), Death is the cure of all diseases (Thomas Browne), If a lot of cures are suggested for a disease, it means that the disease is incurable (Anton Chekhov), God heals and the doctor takes the fees (Benjamin Franklin), Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease (Hippocrates), Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses (Molière), There are some remedies worse than the disease (Publilius Syrus).
Antonyms, see disease.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A medicine]
Syn. antidote, medication, cure, drug; see medicine 2 , treatment 2 .
2. [Effective help]
Syn. relief, cure, corrective, redress, support, improvement, solution, plan, panacea, cure-all, assistance, antidote, counteractive, counteraction, countermeasure; see also relief 4 .
v.
Syn. cure, solve, heal, help, aid, assist, correct, right, renew, rectify, set right, redress, relieve, treat, attend, change, revise, amend, palliate, mitigate, alleviate, ameliorate; see also heal 1 .
See Synonym Study at heal .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
cure, treatment, medicine, restorative, cure-all, panacea, corrective, therapy, relief, antidote, elixir, prescription, drug.
II
v.
cure, treat, medicate, fix, restore, correct, relieve, revive, counteract, neutralize, alleviate, help, doctor.
ANT.: aggravate, exacerbate, poison, infect
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. An agent used to restore health: cure, elixir, medicament, medication, medicine, nostrum, physic. See HEALTH. 2. Something that corrects or counteracts: antidote, corrective, counter-measure, curative, cure. See BETTER. II verb 1. To rectify (an undesirable or unhealthy condition): cure, heal. See HEALTH. 2. To make right what is wrong: amend, correct, emend, mend, rectify, redress, reform, right. See CORRECT.

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