over-the-counter

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over-the-counter

[oh-ver-thuh-koun-ter]
adjective
1.
unlisted on or not part of an organized securities exchange: over-the-counter stocks; the over-the-counter market. Abbreviation: OTC
2.
Pharmacology. sold legally without a doctor's prescription: over-the-counter drugs. Abbreviation: OTC

Origin:
1920–25

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over-the-counter
 
adj
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)
adj.
Abbr. OTC
That can be sold legally without a doctor's prescription.

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Example sentences
There are two over-the-counter antihistamines marketed as sleep aids.
He asked a pharmacist for advice, and an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
  cleared it up.
Several contain ephedrine, the active ingredient in a widely advertised
  over-the-counter asthma remedy.
But the market for over-the-counter derivatives such as credit default swaps
  isn't as sophisticated.
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