nostrum

[ nos-truh m ]
/ ˈnɒs trəm /
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noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for nostrums

nostrum

/ (ˈnɒstrəm) /

noun

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
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Medicine definitions for nostrums

nostrum

[ nŏstrəm ]

n.

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

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