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  1. nos·trum
    IPA[ˈnästrəm]
  2. noun

    • 1. a medicine, especially one that is not considered effective, prepared by an unqualified person:

      a charlatan who sells nostrums
      Synonym : patent medicine, quack remedy, potion, elixir, panacea, cure-all, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, wonder drug, magic bullet, catholicon, diacatholicon, panpharmacon
    • 2. a pet scheme or favorite remedy, especially one for bringing about some social or political reform or improvement:

      during tough times, populist nostrums gain favor
      Synonym : remedy, cure, prescription, answer, magic formula, recipe, recipe for success
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: nostrum, plural noun: nostrums

    • noun

      a medicine prepared by an unqualified person, especially one that is not considered effective:

      a scheme or remedy for bringing about some social or political reform or improvement:

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