patent medicine

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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
lääkepatenttilääke

patent medicine

nprodotto medicinale
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