anti-inflammatory

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adjective an·ti-in·flam·ma·to·ry \ -in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of anti-inflammatory

:counteracting inflammation

anti-inflammatory

noun

First Known Use of anti-inflammatory

1736


ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Defined for English Language Learners

anti-inflammatory

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adjective

Definition of anti-inflammatory for English Language Learners

  • medical : used to control or reduce inflammation


Medical Dictionary

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anti-inflammatory

adjective an·ti-in·flam·ma·to·ry \ -in-ˈflam-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \
variants: also anti-inflammation play \-ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən\

medical Definition of anti-inflammatory

:reducing or counteracting inflammation
  • Ibuprofen was the anti-inflammatory drug most commonly used, but others, including naprosyn, also were taken.
  • —Laurie McGinleyThe Wall Street Journal10 Mar. 1997
  • 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. DavisScience News13 Sept. 1986
  • A recent boon to the eczema-prone is a growing array of over-the-counter cortisone anti-inflammation applications.
  • —Paul G. DonohueThe Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News29 Aug. 1994

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anti-inflammatory

noun

medical Definition of anti-inflammatory

plural anti-inflammatories
: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 LetterApril 1989

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