|1.||a. any mixed drink with a spirit base, usually drunk before meals|
|b. (as modifier): the cocktail hour|
|2.||an appetizer of seafood, mixed fruits, etc|
|3.||any combination of diverse elements, esp one considered potent|
|4.||(modifier) appropriate for formal occasions: a cocktail dress|
|[C19: of unknown origin]|
cocktail cock·tail (kŏk'tāl)
A mixture of drugs, usually in solution, for the diagnosis or treatment of a condition.
A treatment regimen that includes a combination of several drugs, to enhance their individual potency.