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patent medicine

noun
1.
a medicine sold without a prescription in drugstores or by sales representatives, and usually protected by a trademark.
2.
a medicine distributed by a company having a patent on its manufacture.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70
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patent medicine

noun
1.
a medicine protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription
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patent medicine pat·ent medicine (pāt'nt)
n.
A nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.

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