Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “over-the-counter”


adjective (MEDICINE)    /ˌəʊ.və.ðəˈkaʊn.tər/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ.ðəˈkaʊn.tɚ/
an over-the-counter drug is bought from a shop without visiting a doctor first: an over-the-counter medicineSpecific types of drugDrugs - general wordsSpecific medicines and drugs
(Definition of over-the-counter adjective (MEDICINE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of over-the-counter

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Specific types of drug, but you might be interested in these topics from the Drugs topic area:

Definitions of “over-the-counter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More