Origin: Neut. Sing. Of L. Noster ours, fr. Nos we. See Us.

1. A medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine.

2. Any scheme or device proposed by a quack. "The incentives of agitators, the arts of impostors and the nostrums of quacks." (Brougham)

(01 Mar 1998)

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