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an·​al·​ge·​sic ˌa-nᵊl-ˈjē-zik How to pronounce analgesic (audio)
: an agent producing diminished sensation to pain without loss of consciousness : a drug that is used to relieve pain and produce analgesia
opioid analgesics
a topical analgesic
Aspirin and acetaminophen are the oral analgesics of first choice in the treatment of mild to moderate pain caused by cancer.William T. McGivney et al.


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: relating to, characterized by, or producing analgesia : relieving or lessening pain without loss of consciousness
Ginger, a member of the same plant family as turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory compounds and volatile oils … that show analgesic and sedative effects in animal studies.Anahad O'Connor
analgesic drugs
a topical analgesic cream
also : caused by the use of analgesics
analgesic nephropathy

Examples of analgesic in a Sentence

Noun the doctor prescribed an analgesic and rest for my injured knee
Recent Examples on the Web
Pain medication For temporary soothing, over-the-counter analgesic meds like acetaminophen can dull signals that cause widespread discomfort. Hilary Tetenbaum, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 The Company is grateful for the recognition by and support from the NINDS HEAL Program of its very versatile gene therapy technology for the treatment of chronic pain in the NIH's quest to support promising alternatives to opioid analgesics. Kansas City Star, 21 May 2024 However, the most common medications that are seen in clinical practice include narcotic analgesics (morphine, oxycodone) and GLP-1 receptor agonist medications. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 8 May 2024 The plant has analgesic, antipyretic and diuretic effects; in traditional medicine in the region, it's used to treat diseases from dysentery and diabetes to malaria. Bill Chappell, NPR, 3 May 2024 At one moment, the supply of analgesics—narcotics—was quite short. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 30 Nov. 2023 However, all three therapeutic categories in which switches occurred—anti-histamine, analgesic and head lice—already had multiple OTC options. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 Narcotics are constituents or derivatives of opium that act as sedatives and analgesics. Andrew Weil, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Taylor Tomlinson’s secret weapon is an even stronger analgesic: therapy. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 16 Jan. 2024
Some research suggests that CBD may also influence how our brain perceives pain signals, further contributing to its analgesic effects. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2024 Natural Pain Reliever Kratom benefits individuals seeking natural pain relief, with some studies [2] supporting its analgesic effects. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 Pain relief: Like delta-9 THC, delta-8 THC may possess analgesic properties that could help in managing pain and inflammation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 Sep. 2023 These products possess analgesic properties that can help alleviate mild to moderate pain symptoms. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2023 Moreover, research suggests that delta 8 THC may have analgesic properties that could help alleviate pain. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2023 From analgesic properties to neuroprotective effects, this natural compound holds promise for patients seeking relief from a range of conditions. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Aug. 2023 While more research is needed to fully understand its effects, there is growing evidence that CBD oil may help people in several ways: Pain Relief: CBD may have analgesic properties and could help alleviate chronic pain and inflammation by interacting with pain receptors in the body. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 Some studies suggest that this cannabinoid possesses analgesic properties that can help manage discomfort caused by various conditions. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 July 2023

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Word History



noun derivative of analgesic entry 2


analgesia + -ic entry 1

First Known Use


1860, in the meaning defined above


1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of analgesic was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Analgesic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
an·​al·​ge·​sic -ˈjē-zik How to pronounce analgesic (audio) -sik How to pronounce analgesic (audio)
: relating to, characterized by, or producing analgesia


2 of 2 noun
: an agent for producing analgesia

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