Definition of Patent medicine

1. Noun. Medicine that is protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription.

Generic synonyms: Medicament, Medication, Medicinal Drug, Medicine
Specialized synonyms: Nostrum

Definition of Patent medicine

1. Noun. (British) A medicine that is protected by a patent. ¹

2. Noun. (American English) Any medicine with a proprietary formula which can be bought without a prescription, irrespective of whether it is protected by a patent. ¹

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Medical Definition of Patent medicine

1. A medicine, usually originally patented, advertised to the public. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Patent Medicine

patent application
patent blue V
patent ductus arteriosus
patent hammer
patent hammers
patent infringement
patent law
patent leather
patent log
patent medicine (current term)
patent of invention
patent pool
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patent thicket
patent thickets
patent troll
patent trolls

Literary usage of Patent medicine

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1. The Popular Science Monthly (1891)
"Why should any patent medicine work like a " charm " ? ... We are thus enabled to examine patent medicine as a magical practice and art of gradual ..."

2. Pharmaceutical Journal by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1853)
"THE patent medicine LICENCE BECOMES due on the first of September. We take this opportunity of cautioning those who may enter into business during the ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"Libel and slander <g=33— False publication of statement that druggist recommended patent medicine does not warrant Inference of Injury. ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1911)
"Medical; Parasites: patent medicine: Pharmacy; Physicians; Physiology; Plague: Poisons: Public health: ... See patent medicine. Medicine, Practice of. ..."

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