patent medicine


noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for patent medicine

patent medicine

noun

a medicine protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription
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Medical definitions for patent medicine

patent medicine
[ pătnt ]

n.

A nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.
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