an·​ti-in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ˌan-tē-in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce anti-inflammatory (audio) , ˌan-tī- \
variants: or less commonly anti-inflammation \ ˌan-​tē-​ˌin-​flə-​ˈmā-​shən , ˌan-​tī-​ How to pronounce anti-inflammatory (audio) \

Definition of anti-inflammatory

: counteracting inflammation : used to prevent or reduce inflammation anti-inflammatory painkillers anti-inflammatory effects an anti-inflammation diet

Other Words from anti-inflammatory

anti-inflammatory noun, plural anti-inflammatories

First Known Use of anti-inflammatory

1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Anti-inflammatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of anti-inflammatory

medical : used to control or reduce inflammation


an·​ti-in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ -in-ˈflam-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce anti-inflammatory (audio) \
variants: also anti-inflammation \ -​ˌin-​flə-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce anti-inflammatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of anti-inflammatory

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: reducing or counteracting inflammation Ibuprofen was the anti-inflammatory drug most commonly used, but others, including naprosyn, also were taken.— Laurie McGinley, The Wall Street Journal Most anti-inflammatory drugs target the arachidonic acid cascade, which produces two major mediators of inflammatory responses, prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Nonsteroidal drugs can dam only one side of the cascade—they block production of prostaglandins but leave the leukotrienes unaffected. Steroidal drugs block both routes, but their side effects can make them an undesirable, though sometimes irreplaceable, treatment.— L. Davis, Science News A recent boon to the eczema-prone is a growing array of over-the-counter cortisone anti-inflammation applications.— Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News


plural anti-inflammatories

Medical Definition of anti-inflammatory (Entry 2 of 2)

: an anti-inflammatory agent : a drug (as aspirin or ibuprofen) that reduces inflammation Without anti-inflammatories, gouty attacks subside on their own—but may require several painful weeks, as opposed to the day or two required with anti-inflammatories.Harvard Medical School Health Letter

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