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- n. A medicine that is protected by a patent.
- n. Any medicine with a proprietary formula which can be bought without a prescription, irrespective of whether it is protected by a patent.
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- n. medicine that is protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription
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Well, the patent medicine Sage provided through Miss O’Callaghan — ‘Fulvitavolts,’ he calls it — has an infinitestimal amount of hyoscine.
It may be a bit flyblown but there it is along with every other patent medicine the world has ever known.
He noticed Ruth’s patent medicine lying on the table beside him.
Whether because church-going people are more trusting, and therefore more easily befooled than others, or from some more obscure reason, many of the religious papers fairly reek with patent medicine fakes.