patent medicine


patent medicine

noun

Definition of PATENT MEDICINE

:  a packaged nonprescription drug which is protected by a trademark and whose contents are incompletely disclosed; also :  any drug that is a proprietary

First Known Use of PATENT MEDICINE

1770

pat·ent medicine

noun \ˈpat-ənt-, British usually ˈpāt-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PATENT MEDICINE

: a packaged nonprescription drug which is protected by a trademark and whose contents are incompletely disclosed; also : any drug that is a proprietary

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