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English definition of “patent medicine”

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 doctorMedicine in different forms
(Definition of patent medicine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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