Definition of patent medicine in English:

patent medicine


  • A proprietary medicine made and marketed under a patent and available without prescription.

    • ‘Suppliers should not make available patent medicines whose ingredients are not certain, and practitioners should not prescribe them.’
    • ‘The few barrels they produced were used to make patent medicines.’
    • ‘There are also many sites where the information presented is more problematic, such as some of the claims being made for patent medicines and herbal remedies.’
    • ‘This book is recommended to all practitioners of Chinese patent medicines.’
    • ‘Charlatans sell bogus patent medicines by Internet and infomercial.’
    • ‘The ‘medicines’ include alcohol, tobacco, and patent medicines.’
    • ‘This research is an effort to create an awareness. of the potential hazards of some Chinese patent medicines which contain mercurial ingredients.’
    • ‘In China I was introduced to traditional Chinese medicine, including patent medicines, herbology and meridian work.’
    • ‘It produces and sells high-quality patent medicines.’
    • ‘The ethically dubious world of patent medicines was born.’
    • ‘But as popular and lucrative as cure-all patent medicines were in the 1890s, they failed to generate the kind of money to which Rosenblum's lifestyle aspired.’
    • ‘Beatrice's father made a fortune in business with his brother selling patent medicines.’
    • ‘A more recent category of Cajun cures consists of patent medicines and certain other commercial products.’
    • ‘I came across the site today when I heard on the radio that ketchup was originally sold as a patent medicine.’
    • ‘And we keep hearing from readers about new uses for this old patent medicine.’
    • ‘They were used in Europe only by ‘Orientals’ and some adventurous and transgressive literati, though they were also hidden in patent medicines and tonics.’
    • ‘It was excruciating - she assuaged her agony with patent medicines and gin-and-tonics - but she believes she has been ‘improved’ by it.’
    • ‘He also ran a profitable business in patent medicines.’
    • ‘Chemists made up their own remedies in addition to selling the many patent medicines available.’
    • ‘She thought that older people might be sceptical about the value of complementary health measures and prefer to buy the patent medicines used in their younger days.’
    medication, medicament, remedy, cure, nostrum, quack remedy, panacea, cure-all, placebo, drug, prescription, dose, treatment
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