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Origin: NL. See Succedaneous.

(Science: medicine) One who, or that which, succeeds to the place of another; that which is used for something else; a substitute; specifically .

A remedy used as a substitute for another. In lieu of me, you will have a very charming succedaneum, lady Harriet Stanhope. (Walpole)