generic


1ge·ner·ic

adjective \jə-ˈner-ik, -ˈne-rik\

: of or relating to a whole group or class

: not sold or made under a particular brand name

biology : of or relating to a genus

Full Definition of GENERIC

1
a :  relating to or characteristic of a whole group or class :  general
b :  being or having a nonproprietary name <generic drugs>
c :  having no particularly distinctive quality or application <generic restaurants>
2
:  relating to or having the rank of a biological genus
ge·ner·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ge·ner·ic·ness noun

Examples of GENERIC

  1. Flu is sometimes used as a generic term for any illness caused by a virus.
  2. <a love of big things—big cars, big meals—seems to be a generic trait of the American people>

Origin of GENERIC

French générique, from Latin gener-, genus birth, kind, class
First Known Use: 1676

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with GENERIC

2generic

noun

: a product (such as a drug) that is not sold or made under a particular brand name : a generic product

Full Definition of GENERIC

:  a generic product (as a drug)

Examples of GENERIC

  1. You can substitute generics for brand-name drugs on this health plan.

First Known Use of GENERIC

1967

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

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