magic bullet


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magic bullet

n. Slang
Something regarded as a magical solution or cure: "There is no magic bullet against cancer" (Matt Clark).

magic bullet

n
(Medicine) informal any therapeutic agent, esp one in the early stages of development, reputed to be very effective in treating a condition, such as a malignant tumour, by specifically targeting the diseased tissue

mag′ic bul′let


n.
something that cures or remedies by attacking a specific disease without causing harmful side effects.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magic bullet - a remedy (drug or therapy or preventive) that cures or prevents a diseasemagic bullet - a remedy (drug or therapy or preventive) that cures or prevents a disease; "there is no magic bullet against cancer"
drug - a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
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