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painkiller

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noun pain·kill·er \-ˌki-lər\

Simple Definition of painkiller

  • : a drug that decreases or removes pain that you feel in your body

Full Definition of painkiller

  1. :  something (as a drug) that relieves pain

pain·kill·ing play \-liŋ\ adjective

Examples of painkiller

  1. I took some over-the-counter painkillers for my headache.

  2. <a lot of painkillers have turned out to be addictive substances for patients>



1853

First Known Use of painkiller

1853


Medical Dictionary

painkiller

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noun pain·kill·er \-ˌkil-ər\

Medical Definition of painkiller

  1. :  something (as a drug) that relieves pain

  2. pain·kill·ing \-iŋ\play adjective





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