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analgesic

noun an·al·ge·sic \ ˌa-nᵊl-ˈjē-zik , -sik \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of analgesic

: 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.

Examples of analgesic in a Sentence

  1. the doctor prescribed an analgesic and rest for my injured knee

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Origin and Etymology of analgesic

analgesic Synonyms


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analgesic

adjective

Definition of analgesic

: 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

First Known Use of analgesic

1852


Medical Dictionary

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analgesic

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

medical Definition of analgesic

: relating to, characterized by, or producing analgesia

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analgesic

noun

medical Definition of analgesic

: an agent for producing analgesia


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