nostrum

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

nos·trum

noun \ˈnäs-trəm\

: a suggested solution for a problem that will probably not succeed

: something that is used for treating illness, pain, etc., but that is not an accepted and effective medicine

Full Definition of NOSTRUM

1
:  a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness
2
:  a usually questionable remedy or scheme :  panacea <an audience eager to believe he had found the nostrum for all of society's ills — Warren Sloat>

Examples of NOSTRUM

  1. politicians repeating all the usual nostrums about the economy
  2. using garlic as a nostrum to prevent disease

Origin of NOSTRUM

Latin, neuter of noster our, ours, from nos we — more at us
First Known Use: 1602

nos·trum

noun \ˈnäs-trəm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NOSTRUM

: a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness

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