[ nos-truh m ]
/ ˈnɒs trəm /


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

1595–1605; < Latin nostrum our, ours (neuter singular of noster); referring to the seller's calling the drug “our” drug

Definition for nostrum (2 of 2)

mare nostrum

[ mah-re nohs-troo m; English mair-ee nos-truh m, mahr-ey ]
/ ˈmɑ rɛ ˈnoʊs trʊm; English ˈmɛər i ˈnɒs trəm, ˈmɑr eɪ /

noun Latin.

our sea, especially the Mediterranean to the ancient Romans. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nostrum (1 of 2)


/ (ˈnɒstrəm) /


a patent or quack medicine
a favourite remedy, as for political or social problems

Word Origin for nostrum

C17: from Latin: our own (make), from noster our

British Dictionary definitions for nostrum (2 of 2)

mare nostrum

/ Latin (ˈmɑːreɪ ˈnɒstrʊm) /


the Latin name for the Mediterranean

Word Origin for mare nostrum

literally: our sea
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Medicine definitions for nostrum


[ nŏstrəm ]


A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.
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