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nostrum

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noun nos·trum \ˈnäs-trəm\

Simple Definition of nostrum

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

  2. 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


Medical Dictionary

nostrum

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noun nos·trum \ˈnäs-trəm\

Medical Definition of nostrum

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





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