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snake oil

noun

: something that is sold as medicine but that is not really useful or helpful in any way

Full Definition of SNAKE OIL

1
:  any of various substances or mixtures sold (as by a traveling medicine show) as medicine usually without regard to their medical worth or properties

First Known Use of SNAKE OIL

1917
Medical Dictionary

snake oil

noun

Medical Definition of SNAKE OIL

:  any of various substances or mixtures sold (as by a traveling medicine show) as medicine usually without having had the claims of their medical worth or properties substantiated by scientific tests

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