analgesic

noun
an·al·ge·sic | \ˌa-nᵊl-ˈjē-zik, -sik\

Definition of analgesic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

analgesic

adjective

Definition of analgesic (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Synonyms for analgesic

Synonyms: Noun

anesthetic, painkiller

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Examples of analgesic in a Sentence

Noun

the doctor prescribed an analgesic and rest for my injured knee

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Intended to be rolled directly onto achy areas, the formula combines 17 essential oils, including geranium and chamomile, which are thought to stimulate circulation, and capsaicin (the active compound in the chili pepper) for an analgesic effect. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Say Goodbye to Period Pain—And Hello to the New Menstruation Supplements and Cannabis Salves," 1 Nov. 2017 Meperidine – Meperidine is another narcotic analgesic, similar to morphine. Cnn Library, CNN, "Opioid Crisis Fast Facts," 18 Sep. 2017 Social connection Pain research confirms that love is analgesic. Beth Darnall, Washington Post, "Stanford researchers: The secret to overcoming the opioid crisis may lie partly in the mind," 12 Sep. 2017 In these complaints—and in additional posts to its members—PETA alleged that Lattin had killed around 250 birds and performed painful experiments without analgesics, and that her work had no relevance to conservation or other species. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "PETA versus the postdoc: Animal rights group targets young researcher for first time," 8 Sep. 2017 Many of the drug’s victims are addicts, but others are unaware as traffickers have begun lacing other drugs, including marijuana, with fentanyl which is the synthetic opiate analgesic, Espinosa said. Krista Torralva, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Task force hopes new website helps curb heroin, opioid crisis," 11 Aug. 2017 The decline documented in the analysis also coincided with the federal government’s tightening of prescribing rules in 2014 for one of the most common painkillers: hydrocodone combined with a second analgesic, such as acetaminophen. Abby Goodnough, The Seattle Times, "Opioid prescriptions on the decline nationally since 2010 peak," 6 July 2017 The decline documented in the analysis also coincided with the federal government's tightening of prescribing rules in 2014 for one of the most common painkillers: hydrocodone combined with a second analgesic, like acetaminophen. The New York Times, cleveland.com, "Opioid prescriptions fell over 5 years, but still higher than in 1999," 6 July 2017 Meperidine – Meperidine is another narcotic analgesic, similar to morphine. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Opioid Opana ER to be pulled by pharmaceutical company," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of analgesic

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for analgesic

Noun

see analgesia

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The first known use of analgesic was in 1852

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analgesic

adjective
an·al·ge·sic | \-ˈjē-zik, -sik \

Medical Definition of analgesic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to, characterized by, or producing analgesia

analgesic

noun

Medical Definition of analgesic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent for producing analgesia

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