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generic

adjective uk   us   /dʒəˈner.ɪk/
formal shared by, typical of, or relating to a whole group of similar things, rather than to any particular thing: The new range of engines all had a generic problem with their fan blades. generic drugs or other products do not have a trademark and are sold without the name of the company that produced them

generic

noun [C] uk   us   /dʒəˈner.ɪk/
a product, especially a drug, that is no longer owned or legally controlled by a particular company: The biggest difference between the brand-name drugs and the generics is price.
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