from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. Officers' Training Corps
  • abbr. over-the-counter

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • over-the-counter
  • over-the-counter
  • ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency
  • Officers Training Corps, a part of the British Army (see Wikipedia article).
  • Overseas Telecommunications Commission, a defunct department of the Australian government (see Wikipedia article).
  • off the charts
  • on the cheek

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  • adj. (of securities) not traded on a stock exchange


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  • The MMA president, however, appears to have another interpretation for the term OTC as he is quoted in the article as saying: "Of course, in the case of simpler ailments, fever medications, pain killers, cough medicines, external non-steroid creams and ointments can be bought over the counter.

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  • Corneal abrasions can be deblurred with plain OTC Muro salt drops at 5%.

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  • The following are some of the usual active ingredients in OTC cough and cold preparations and their potential effects on children.

    Cough and Cold Medicine

  • But some ingredients in OTC products may cause problems in children who accidently overdose on syrup or tablets.

    Cough and Cold Medicine

  • … Brought to you by a company that specializes in OTC antidiarrheal preparations.

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  • PRGO produces a variety of private label OTC drugs for retailers such as

    Big Money In Private Labels

  • In addition, during the first quarter of 2008, we had approximately $400,000 of sales to our Latin American OTC distributor, Genomma. Home Page

  • It is hanging on by its fingertips to stop falling into the bottomless pit known as OTC trading.

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  • Effective last fall (fall 2009) Health Canada will require manufacturers to re-label OTC cough & cold medicines that have dosing information for children to indicate that these medicines should not be used for kids under 6.


  • Consumers who purchased any of the recalled OTC drugs are advised to stop using them and to contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for instructions on a refund or replacement by logging onto the Web site or  by calling 1-888-222-6036.

    Tylenol expands recent recall to include other OTC medications


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