patent medicine
noun Date: 1770 a packaged nonprescription drug which is protected by a trademark and whose contents are incompletely disclosed; also any drug that is a proprietary

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  • patent medicine — pat·ent medicine n: a packaged nonprescription drug which is protected by a trademark and whose contents are incompletely disclosed; also: any drug that is a proprietary Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • patent medicine — noun count a medicine that you can buy from a store without a doctor s PRESCRIPTION …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • patent medicine — [pat′ nt] n. a trademarked medical preparation that can be bought without a physician s prescription …   English World dictionary

  • patent medicine — pat·ent medicine pat ənt , Brit usu pāt n a packaged nonprescription drug which is protected by a trademark and whose contents are incompletely disclosed also any drug that is a proprietary * * * a drug or remedy protected by a trademark,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Patent medicine — E.W. Kemble s Death s Laboratory in Collier s in 1906 Patent medicine refers to medical compounds of questionable effectiveness sold under a variety of names and labels. The term patent medicine is somewhat of a misnomer because, in most cases,… …   Wikipedia

  • patent medicine — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms patent medicine : singular patent medicine plural patent medicines a medicine that you can buy from a shop without a doctor s prescription …   English dictionary

  • patent medicine — patent medi|cine [ˌpeıtnt ˈmedsən US ˌpætnt ˈmedısən] n a medicine which can be bought without a ↑prescription (=a written order from your doctor) = ↑over the counter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • patent medicine — noun a) A medicine that is protected by a patent. b) Any medicine with a proprietary formula which can be bought without a prescription, irrespective of whether it is protected by a patent …   Wiktionary

  • patent medicine — 1. a medicine sold without a prescription in drugstores or by sales representatives, and usually protected by a trademark. 2. a medicine distributed by a company having a patent on its manufacture. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • patent medicine — noun medicine that is protected by a patent and available without a doctor s prescription (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑medicine, ↑medication, ↑medicament, ↑medicinal drug • Hyponyms: ↑nostrum …   Useful english dictionary

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