nicotine patch

Definition / meaning of nicotine patch

A patch that sticks on the skin and contains a small dose of nicotine, which enters the blood by being absorbed through the skin. This helps stop nicotine cravings and relieves symptoms that occur when a person is trying to quit smoking. A prescription is not needed for nicotine patches.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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