wonder drug

noun
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of wonder drug

: a drug usually newly discovered that elicits a dramatic 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

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First Known Use of wonder drug

1939

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WONDER DRUG Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wonder drug for English Language Learners

  • : a very effective drug


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wonder drug

noun won·der drug \ ˈwənd-ər- \

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