What does anodyne mean?
The definition of anodyne
Etym: [L. anodynus, Gr. anodin.]
Serving to assuage pain; soothing. The anodyne draught of oblivion. Burke.
Note: “The word [in a medical sense] in chiefly applied to the different preparations of opium, belladonna, hyoscyamus, and lettuce.” Am. Cyc.
Etym: [L. anodynon. See Anodyne, a.]
Any medicine which allays pain, as an opiate or narcotic; anything that soothes disturbed feelings.