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Proprietary

Describing knowledge or another asset that properly belongs to one person or company. Proprietary knowledge and assets are protected and their owner is not required to reveal them. For example, a restaurant that makes the best fried chicken in town cannot be compelled to reveal its recipe as this knowledge gives it a competitive advantage over other restaurants. See also: Trade secret.
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She was one of those people who are infatuated with patent medicines and all new-fangled methods of producing health or mending it.
The elder brother looked to the younger, who said haughtily, `There is a case of medicines here;' and brought it from a closet, and put it on the table.
The bridge at Medicine Bow is shaky, and would not bear the weight of the train.
In the course of his march, therefore, he secretly detached a small party of trappers, to make their way to those hunting grounds, while he continued on with the main body; appointing a rendezvous, at the next full moon, about the 28th of August, at a place called the Medicine Lodge.
These Indians have likewise their priests, or conjurers, or medicine men, who pretend to be in the confidence of the deities, and the expounders and enforcers of their will.
You are said to be great AEsculapius, and I am come to ask your advice in medicine.
And when next she came in to give him his medicine he said to her:
Doctors came to see her singly and in consultation, talked much in French, German, and Latin, blamed one another, and prescribed a great variety of medicines for all the diseases known to them, but the simple idea never occurred to any of them that they could not know the disease Natasha was suffering from, as no disease suffered by a live man can be known, for every living person has his own peculiarities and always has his own peculiar, personal, novel, complicated disease, unknown to medicine- not a disease of the lungs, liver, skin, heart, nerves, and so on mentioned in medical books, but a disease consisting of one of the innumerable combinations of the maladies of those organs.
It strengthens the disease," said the Rector's wife, much too well-born not to be an amateur in medicine.
If only I had not poured my medicine into Nana's bowl," said Mr.
The doctor came and gave her medicine to rub on her ribs but she didn't under stand him and took it all inside instead.
The rear was brought up by a black boy of fourteen or fifteen, who carried medicine bottles, a pail of hot water, and various other hospital appurtenances.