wonder drug

noun

Definition of wonder drug

: a drug usually newly discovered that elicits a dramatic positive response in a patient's condition : miracle drug So far, Prozac is acting as something of a wonder drug; it is highly effective, causes few dangerous side effects, and is already the most widely prescribed antidepressant after just 4 years on the market.— Ruth Levy Guyer and Daniel E. Koshland Jr. Stodgy old aspirin suddenly appears to be a wonder drug. But as often happens in medicine, the news hype may have overreached in search of hope.— Steven Findlay

Examples of wonder drug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The goal of the CORONA database isn't to find a wonder drug per se, but to help design better clinical trials that can establish a real cause-and-effect relationship between a drug agent and an individual's survival. Ryan Prior, CNN, "After saving his own life with a repurposed drug, a professor reviews every drug being tried against Covid-19. Here's what he's found," 27 June 2020 Despite the political crisis, the populist leader has touted chloroquine as a potential wonder drug against the new coronavirus -- like his US counterpart Trump. Shasta Darlington And Tara John, CNN, "Brazil records its worst daily death toll from coronavirus," 20 May 2020 Gracia Lam Aspirin, the original wonder drug, has long been a go-to medicine for millions, a Jack-of-all trades remedy that is readily available and cheap. New York Times, "Aspirin, the Original Wonder Drug," 9 Mar. 2020 One doctor talks another into field-testing their new wonder drug, as the first pregnant man. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 One doctor talks another into field-testing their new wonder drug, as the first pregnant man. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 One doctor talks another into field-testing their new wonder drug, as the first pregnant man. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The most important of these imports was tobacco, which many Europeans considered a wonder drug capable of curing a wide range of human ailments. Peter C. Mancall, CNN, "Pilgrims survived the first Thanksgiving thanks to an epidemic that devastated Native Americans," 25 Nov. 2019 One doctor talks another into field-testing their new wonder drug, as the first pregnant man. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of wonder drug

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Wonder drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonder%20drug. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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wonder drug

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English Language Learners Definition of wonder drug

: a very effective drug

wonder drug

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