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Paracelsus coined it to name a medicine that contained opium, gold, and crushed pearls (among other things); eventually it came to denote any tincture of opium; what word is it?

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Answer: laudanum

Laudanum also contains alcohol, which is what makes it a tincture. The word laudanum perhaps derives from the Latin laudere, to praise, or from the Latin ladanum, a resin.


Patrick Henry, along with many an artist and author, allegedly had an addiction to this drug, which was quite the rage during the Victorian era.

Enjoyed looking up biographical information on Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim [i.e., Paracelsus], as a result of your question.
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