Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 17th century
A substitute, especially for a medicine or drug.
Examples of Succedaneum in a sentence
"Camilla realized she had no eggs for her cake and used a banana as a succedaneum."
"A strong cup of coffee can sometimes be a succedaneum for pain medication in case of headache."
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From the Latin “succēdāneus,” meaning “following after” or “acting as substitute.”
Did you Know?
Most physicians and researchers agree the best succedaneum for a name-brand drug is a generic equivalent, which provides a close match to the formulation of the original medication. Studies have shown the medically active content of generic medications is usually at least a 96% match for name-brand products. This means a generic is likely a reliable succedaneum for a name-brand medication.