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 Still, Bode warns that people need to be circumspect about chasing human milk as a wonder drug. Deborah Balthazar, STAT, 29 Mar. 2024 Statins have been widely described as wonder drugs, lowering the risk of major heart events such as heart attack or stroke by about 25%. Maggie Fox, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 Marijuana has long been lauded as a wonder drug for treating nausea and vomiting. Molly Sullivan, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Trust me anyone who was fat last year and is now skinny is on the wonder drug. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 History shows plenty of wonder drugs and treatments. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2023 Each day, messages from Nigerian princes, peddlers of wonder drugs and promoters of can’t-miss investments choke email inboxes. John Licato, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2023 In the past, some doctors regarded aspirin as something of a wonder drug, capable of protecting healthy patients against a future heart attack or stroke. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2023 As Fentanyl Awareness Day arrived last week, the public got a fresh look at the extremes — lives lost to overdoses and lives saved by the wonder drug Naloxone. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wonder drug was in 1939

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“Wonder drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonder%20drug. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

wonder drug

: a usually newly discovered drug capable of producing a noticeable and favorable change in a patient's condition

called also miracle drug

Medical Definition

wonder drug

won·​der drug ˈwənd-ər- How to pronounce wonder drug (audio)

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