- 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
- our sea, especially the Mediterranean to the ancient Romans.
Related Words for nostrumpotion, fix, drug, medicine, remedy, cure, panacea, treatment, elixir, formula, catholicon
Examples from the Web for nostrum
Historical Examples of nostrum
You had no other nostrum for tranquillity but to extinguish life.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
There were six native clerks occupied with the sale of this nostrum.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
Yet that is exactly the position of a doctor who recommends a nostrum.
What must have been made on the nostrum to allow such expenditure?Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why
Martha M. Allen
Still there was no use to attempt calming him with the assurance that his nostrum could not be had.Captain Canot
- a patent or quack medicine
- a favourite remedy, as for political or social problems
Word Origin for nostrum
- the Latin name for the Mediterranean
Word Origin for mare nostrum
"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.