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nos·trum

 (nŏs′trəm)
n.
1. A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.
2. A favorite but usually ineffective remedy for problems or evils.

[From Latin nostrum (remedium), our (remedy), neuter of noster; see nes- in Indo-European roots.]

nostrum

(ˈnɒstrəm)
n
1. a patent or quack medicine
2. a favourite remedy, as for political or social problems
[C17: from Latin: our own (make), from noster our]

nos•trum

(ˈnɒs trəm)

n.
1. a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims; quack medicine.
2. a pet scheme or remedy, esp. for social or political ills; panacea.
3. a medicine made by the person who recommends it; proprietary medicine.
[1595–1605; < Latin nostrum our, ours (neuter singular of noster); alluding to the use of the word on labels with the sense “of our own making”]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nostrum - hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
elixir - a substance believed to cure all ills
2.nostrum - patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable
patent medicine - medicine that is protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription

nostrum

noun
1. remedy, answer, solution, cure They are still peddling yesterday's failed socialist nostrums.
2. medicine, drug, treatment, cure, remedy, potion, panacea, elixir, cure-all, patent medicine, quack medicine, specific Supermarket shelves are lined with nostrums claiming to alleviate flu symptoms.

nostrum

noun
An agent used to restore health:
Translations
remedio milagroso

nostrum

[ˈnɒstrəm] N (= remedy) → remedio m secreto, panacea f (fig) → panacea f

nostrum

n (old lit, fig)Patentrezept nt
References in classic literature ?
Their creeds were their schemes, their religions their nostrums, their philosophies their devices, by which they half-believed they would outwit the Noseless One and the Night.
But they are to be pitied or laughed at, not to be quarrelled with; they mean well with their nostrums, if they could only learn that they are cutting off a Hydra's head.
He was clearly a confirmed hypochondriac, and I was dreamily conscious that he was pouring forth interminable trains of symptoms, and imploring information as to the composition and action of innumerable quack nostrums, some of which he bore about in a leather case in his pocket.
Nay, he would sometimes retire hither to take his beer, and it was not without difficulty that he was prevented from forcing Jones to take his beer too: for no quack ever held his nostrum to be a more general panacea than he did this; which, he said, had more virtue in it than was in all the physic in an apothecary's shop.
His first thought when he had made Professor Maxon comfortable upon the couch was to fetch his pet nostrum, for there burned strong within his yellow breast the same powerful yearning to experiment that marks the greatest of the profession to whose mysteries he aspired.
Though, indeed, the vendor of a certain nostrum has vulgarized the truism to the very point of contempt.
He more than intimated that it was at his option to concoct a liquid that should prolong life for years, perhaps interminably; but that it would produce a discord in Nature which all the world, and chiefly the quaffer of the immortal nostrum, would find cause to curse.
This update is being issued in advance of the release of Nostrums consolidated accounts for the same period.
Let us hope that a new company doctor will have a new treatment for these ills and not stick to the old ineffective nostrums.
The reported nostrums were indicated for more than fifteen ailments of cholistani livestock.