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patent medicine

n
(Pharmacology) a medicine protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription

pat′ent med′icine


n.
1. a nonprescription drug that is protected by the trademark of a company that owns the patent on its manufacture or is licensed to distribute it.
2. any proprietary drug.
[1760–70]
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Noun1.patent medicine - medicine that is protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescriptionpatent medicine - medicine that is protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
nostrum - patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable
Translations
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patent medicine

nprodotto medicinale
References in classic literature ?
This editor, who published patent medicine advertisements, called me a scoundrelly demagogue because I dared him to print in his paper the truth about patent medicines.* This man, talking soberly and earnestly about the beauties of idealism and the goodness of God, had just betrayed his comrades in a business deal.
* PATENT MEDICINES were patent lies, but, like the charms and indulgences of the Middle Ages, they deceived the people.
She was one of those people who are infatuated with patent medicines and all new-fangled methods of producing health or mending it.
Then he happened on a job to translate the advertisements of patent medicines which were sent broadcast to the medical profession in England.
The window contained photographs of more or less undressed dancing girls; nondescript packages in wrappers like patent medicines; closed yellow paper envelopes, very flimsy, and marked two-and-six in heavy black figures; a few numbers of ancient French comic publications hung across a string as if to dry; a dingy blue china bowl, a casket of black wood, bottles of marking ink, and rubber stamps; a few books, with titles hinting at impropriety; a few apparently old copies of obscure newspapers, badly printed, with titles like THE TORCH, THE GONG - rousing titles.
He has speculated some in cholera and railroads, and has taken almost a lively interest in infernal machines and patent medicines. He is old, now, and grave, as becomes an age like his; he indulges in no light amusements save that he goes sometimes to executions, and is fond of funerals.
The great majority of the women who worked in Packingtown suffered in the same way, and from the same cause, so it was not deemed a thing to see the doctor about; instead Ona would try patent medicines, one after another, as her friends told her about them.
It would be almost as bad as Judson Parker's patent medicine fence."
It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.
There it was, as befitted an obscure person of the lower classes, a paltry half-dozen lines tucked away in a corner, next a patent medicine advertisement:
Zeena-Frome, and usually bearing conspicuously in the upper left-hand corner the address of some manufacturer of patent medicine and the name of his specific.
He suggested I should stay for another trip and meantime dose myself with a certain patent medicine in which his own belief was ab- solute.