- Pharmacology. a drug that remains undeveloped or untested or is otherwise neglected because of limited potential for commercial gain.
Origin of orphan drug
First recorded in 1975–80
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- Any of various drugs or biologicals that may be useful in treating disease but are not considered to be commercially viable.
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