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patent

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adjective pa·tent \ˈpat-ənt, British usually ˈpāt-\

Medical Definition of patent

  1. 1:  protected by a trademark or a trade name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by a patent :  proprietary <patent drugs>

  2. 2\ˈpāt-\:  affording free passage :  being open and unobstructed <the nose patent with no pathological discharge—Journal of the American Medical Association>





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