Nostrum Definition

nŏstrəm
nostrums
noun
nostrums
A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.
American Heritage Medicine
A medicine prepared by the person selling it.
Webster's New World
A patent medicine of a kind sold with exaggerated claims; quack medicine.
Webster's New World
A favorite but usually ineffective remedy for problems or evils.
American Heritage Medicine
A pet scheme for solving some social or political problem; panacea.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Nostrum

Noun

Singular:
nostrum
Plural:
nostra, nostrums

Origin of Nostrum

  • From Latin nostrum (remedium) our (remedy) neuter of noster nes-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin nostrum (“ours"), nominative neuter of noster (“our, ours").

    From Wiktionary

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