nostrum [ nos-truhm ]noun
1. a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine.
2. a scheme, theory, device, etc., especially one to remedy social or political ills; panacea: The party was pushing the nostrum of corporate tax reduction, as if that would undo decades of industrial job loss.
3. a medicine made by the person who recommends it.
4. a patent medicine.WORDS RELATED TO NOSTRUM
potion, fix, drug, medicine, remedy, cure, panacea, treatment, elixir, formula, catholicon, patent medicine, quick fixSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.comOrigin:
First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin: literally, “our, ours” (neuter singular of noster ), with a noun such as remedium “remedy, cure” being understood; referring to the seller's calling the drug “our” drug
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