patent medicine

noun

Definition of patent medicine

  1. :  a nonprescription medicinal preparation that is typically protected by a trademark and whose contents are incompletely disclosed; also :  any drug that is a proprietary Patent medicine is often used to refer to a product (such as an elixir, tonic, or liniment) that was marketed as a medicine in the U.S. during the 1800s and early 1900s but was typically of unproven effectiveness and questionable safety.

1770

First Known Use of patent medicine

1770


Medical Dictionary

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noun pat·ent medicine \ˈpat-ənt-, British usually ˈpāt-\

Medical Definition of patent medicine

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


Law Dictionary

patent medicine

noun

Legal Definition of patent medicine

  1. :  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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