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

  • n. A name that is not or does not include a trademark or brand name.
  • n. The official nonproprietary name of a drug, under which it is licensed and identified by the manufacturer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scientific name of a genus, conforming to the ICBN or ICZN.
  • n. The name given to a drug that is used to identify it irrespective of trademark etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name for a medication, as used in the pharmacopoeia; it cannot be a trademark. The name is typically given by the inventor or discoverer of the drug, but must be approved by a national or international naming authority.


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