- a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine.
- a scheme, theory, device, etc., especially one to remedy social or political ills; panacea.
- a medicine made by the person who recommends it.
- a patent medicine.
Origin of nostrum
Examples from the Web for nostrums
"It does n't become the patient to choose his own nostrums," said I, laughing.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Untold harm has been done to boys and to women by these nostrums.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Some nostrums have stated, on their label, the names of their ingredients, but not the amount.
This diet, together with the abandonment of nostrums, led to a cure.Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why
Martha M. Allen
The facts about hundreds of nostrums can be absolutely determined.Civics and Health
William H. Allen
- a patent or quack medicine
- a favourite remedy, as for political or social problems
Word Origin and History for nostrums
"quack medicine," c.1600, from Latin nostrum remedium "our remedy," presumably that prepared by the person offering it, from Latin nostrum, neuter of noster "our," from nos "we," from PIE *nos (see us).
- A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.