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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.]
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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]
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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”]
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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
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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.
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nostrum

noun
An agent used to restore health:
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Translations
remedio milagroso

nostrum

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

n (old lit, fig)Patentrezept nt
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References in classic literature ?
The Mediterranean, the blue sea par excellence, "the great sea" of the Hebrews, "the sea" of the Greeks, the "mare nostrum" of the Romans, bordered by orange-trees, aloes, cacti, and sea-pines; embalmed with the perfume of the myrtle, surrounded by rude mountains, saturated with pure and transparent air, but incessantly worked by underground fires; a perfect battlefield in which Neptune and Pluto still dispute the empire of the world!
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.
" Dominum nostrum ," added Gossip Tourangeau, making the sign of the cross.
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.
The doctor here will bear me out that on one occasion I tried to kill him for the purpose of strengthening my vital powers by the assimilation with my own body of his life through the medium of his blood, relying of course, upon the Scriptural phrase, `For the blood is the life.' 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.
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.
Was it not she who was said to lay hands upon the sick and raise them from their couches when the leeches had spent their last nostrums? Had she not forecast the future, and were there not times when in the loneliness of her chamber she was heard to hold converse with some being upon whom mortal eye never rested--some dark familiar who passed where doors were barred and windows high?
NOSTRUM Oil and Gas struggled on the markets yesterday after taking a hit from an analyst downgrade.
(Alliance News) - Nostrum Oil & Gas is no longer an attractive investment, Berenberg said on Wednesday, following a number of operational misses.