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nostrum

Pronunciation: nos'trum

Definition: General term for a therapeutic agent, sometimes patented but usually of secret composition, offered to the general public as a specific remedy for any disease or class of diseases. Term currently carries a pejorative connotation.

[L. neuter of noster, our, “our own remedy”]

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