Definition of patent medicine in English:

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patent medicine

Pronunciation: /ˈpatnt ˈmedəsən/


A proprietary medicine made and marketed under a patent and available without prescription.
Example sentences
  • The ‘medicines’ include alcohol, tobacco, and patent medicines.
  • Chemists made up their own remedies in addition to selling the many patent medicines available.
  • Suppliers should not make available patent medicines whose ingredients are not certain, and practitioners should not prescribe them.

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Syllabification: pat·ent med·i·cine

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