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Meaning of NOSTRUM

Pronunciation:  'nâstrum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable
  2. [n]  hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists

NOSTRUM is a 7 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: cure-all, panacea
 See Also: curative, cure, elixir, patent medicine, remedy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Nos"trum\ (-tr[u^]m), n.; pl. {Nostrums} (-tr[u^]mz).
[Neut. sing. of L. noster ours, fr. nos we. See {Us}.]
1. A medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for
   the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the
   inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine.

2. Any scheme or device proposed by a quack.

         The incentives of agitators, the arts of impostors
         and the nostrums of quacks.           --Brougham.