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cough syrup

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  1. a medicated, syruplike fluid, usually flavored and nonnarcotic or mildly narcotic, for relieving coughs or soothing irritated throats.
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Origin of cough syrup

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called cough medicine.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Cough-syrup is made from them and also substitutes for tobacco and hops.

    Field Book of Western Wild Flowers

    Margaret Armstrong

cough syrup in Medicine

cough syrup

  1. A sweetened medicated liquid taken orally to ease coughing.
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