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nostrum

[nos-truh m] /ˈnɒs trəm/
noun
1.
a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine.
2.
a scheme, theory, device, etc., especially one to remedy social or political ills; panacea.
3.
a medicine made by the person who recommends it.
4.
a patent medicine.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin nostrum our, ours (neuter singular of noster); referring to the seller's calling the drug “our” drug

mare nostrum

[mah-re nohs-troo m; English mair-ee nos-truh m, mahr-ey] /ˈmɑ rɛ ˈnoʊs trʊm; English ˈmɛər i ˈnɒs trəm, ˈmɑr eɪ/
Latin.
1.
our sea, especially the Mediterranean to the ancient Romans.
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Examples for nostrum
  • Compared to real professors who leave gallons of ink on their students' papers, virtual grading is a nostrum.
  • Cataracts develop following use of anti-fat nostrum.
British Dictionary definitions for nostrum

nostrum

/ˈnɒstrəm/
noun
1.
a patent or quack medicine
2.
a favourite remedy, as for political or social problems
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: our own (make), from noster our

mare nostrum

/ˈmɑːreɪ ˈnɒstrʊm/
noun
1.
the Latin name for the Mediterranean
Word Origin
literally: our sea
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Word Origin and History for nostrum
n.

"quack medicine," c.1600, from Latin nostrum remedium "our remedy," presumably that prepared by the person offering it, from Latin nostrum, neuter of noster "our," from nos "we," from PIE *nos (see us).

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nostrum in Medicine

nostrum nos·trum (nŏs'trəm)
n.
A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.

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