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patent medicine

noun [C] uk   us  
a medicine, usually not very powerful, which you can buy from a shop without the written permission of a doctor
Translations of “patent medicine”
in Chinese (Traditional) 成藥,專利藥品(指非處方藥)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 成药,专卖药(指非处方药)…
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