Definition of Nostrum

1. Noun. Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists.

Exact synonyms: Catholicon, Cure-all, Panacea
Generic synonyms: Curative, Cure, Remedy, Therapeutic
Specialized synonyms: Elixir



2. Noun. Patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable.
Generic synonyms: Patent Medicine

Definition of Nostrum

1. n. A medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine.

Definition of Nostrum

1. Noun. A medicine or remedy in conventional use which has not been proven to have any desirable medical effects. ¹

2. Noun. An ineffective but favorite remedy for a problem, usually involving political action. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Nostrum

1. a medicine of one's own invention [n -S]

Medical Definition of Nostrum

1. Origin: Neut. Sing. Of L. Noster ours, fr. Nos we. See Us. 1. A medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine. 2. Any scheme or device proposed by a quack. "The incentives of agitators, the arts of impostors and the nostrums of quacks." (Brougham) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nostrum

nostra
nostra remedia
nostrificate
nostrificated
nostrificates
nostrificating
nostrification
nostrifications
nostrified
nostrifies
nostrify
nostrifying
nostrilled
nostrils
nostrum (current term)
nostrum remedium
nostrums
nosuh
nosy
nosy-parker
nosy parker
nosybodies
nosybody
not
not-for-profit
not-for-profits
not-pologies
not-pology
not-thereness

Literary usage of Nostrum

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1. Publications by Hampshire Record Society, Winchester, Winchester Hampshire Record Society, American peace society, Algernon Sidney Crapsey, Ernest Howard Crosby, W. Evans Darby, John Hyde De Forest, Charles Edward Jefferson, Augustine Jones, Mrs. L. J. Mead, J. H. Ral (1891)
"In quorum omnium testimonium sigillum nostrum fecimus his apponi. On one very large sheet of vellum, 27 inches long by 2oi wide, with an additional strip, ..."

2. The Lancet (1842)
"... is professionally interested in the nature and treatment of consumption. discoveries ; and that it admite of DO alkahest, no nostrum, no grand arcanum. ..."

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