- adjective referring to a drug that does not have a proprietary name used by a manufacturer
- adjective relating to or suitable for a broad range of things or situations
- adjective which is shared by a group, and does not refer to one individual
- noun a product sold without a brand name
- noun a brand name which is now given to a product rather than to a particular brand, e.g. hoover, kleenex, or thermos
- A term used to generally describe a material, product, assembly, or piece of equipment, as in the descriptive specification, rather than naming it by a specific trade name or source of manufacture or distribution.
- Pertaining to, or descriptive of an entire group or category.
(written as Generic)Usually used to describe drugs that are no longer patent protected and that are generally sold under a name related to their chemical character rather than their brand name. Thus, the generic name for the famous antidepressant Prozac is fluoxetine and the generic name for the world's best-selling anti-cholesterol medicine, Lipitor, is atorvastatin (global sales $13 thousand million in 2008.).
- adjective referring to medicine which does not have a special trademark or brand name given to it by its manufacturer