a medicine sold without a prescription in drugstores or by sales representatives, and usually protected by a trademark.
a medicine distributed by a company having a patent on its manufacture.
Origin of patent medicine
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for patent medicine
Historical Examples of patent medicine
Of course, the patent-medicine venders had long since reached it.
The newspaper which refuses to aid the patent-medicine people is marked.
It was just at this time that the patent-medicine man came along.
Of course it has the patent-medicine flavor, too; Detroit, by her "slogan," is a cure-all.
Don't run away with the idea that conversion is a patent-medicine.
British Dictionary definitions for patent medicine
a medicine protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription
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patent medicine in Medicine
A nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.
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