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unlisted on or not part of an organized securities exchange: over-the-counter stocks; the over-the-counter market. Abbreviation: OTC
Pharmacology. sold legally without a doctor's prescription: over-the-counter drugs. Abbreviation: OTC


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1.  a.  (of securities) not listed or quoted on a stock exchange
 b.  (of a security market) dealing in such securities
 c.  (of security transactions) conducted through a broker's office directly between purchaser and seller and not on a stock exchange
2.  Compare POM OTC (of medicinal drugs) able to be sold without a prescription

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over-the-counter o·ver-the-count·er (ō'vər-ðə-koun'tər)
Abbr. OTC
That can be sold legally without a doctor's prescription.

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Example sentences
Some may be bought over the counter, without a prescription.
Within a decade, some say, continuous alertness could be available over the counter.
It's an over the counter eczema treatment that's steroid free.
The drug had been sold legally over the counter at stores and online.
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