aspirin

noun
as·​pi·​rin | \ˈas-p(ə-)rən \
plural aspirin or aspirins

Definition of aspirin 

1 : a white crystalline derivative C9H8O4 of salicylic acid used for relief of pain and fever

2 : a tablet of aspirin

Examples of aspirin in a Sentence

Aspirin is effective in controlling headaches.

Recent Examples on the Web

Certainly, there are circumstances where there is legitimate need for pain medication beyond an aspirin or Tylenol. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Best to prevent opioids: Letters," 17 May 2018 Pain relievers include over-the-counter options like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, along with drugs that are specifically made to treat migraines. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Right now, doctors can consult a calculator found online or in electronic health records to decide whether patients might benefit from aspirin, statins, or blood pressure medications. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "New risk calculator could change the aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications some people take," 4 June 2018 Frequent cancer screening and preventative surgery may help in reducing the risk of developing cancer for those with Lynch syndrome, and taking a daily dose of aspirin has been shown to help. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Son Fulfills Dying Mom’s Wish By Having His High School Graduation in the Hospital," 11 May 2018 Those include aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, which could increase risk of bleeding. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mosquitoes that carry Zika could bring deadlier yellow fever this year," 5 May 2018 The caffeine-aspirin concoction kicks in about 15 minutes later. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "How to Cure a Hangover: A Drinker’s Guide to Surviving the Morning After," 29 June 2018 The exceptions are aspirin and the antibiotic tetracycline, which can deteriorate soon after expiration dates. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Pill expiration dates can have wiggle room if stored right," 4 May 2018 For example, taking vitamin E or fish oil along with medications that thin the blood (such as Coumadin or aspirin) could lead to persistent bleeding, bruising or even stroke. Stacey Colino, Woman's Day, "5 Ways to Discover the Perfect Vitamin for You," 4 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of aspirin

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aspirin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from acetyl + spiraeic acid (former name of salicylic acid), from New Latin Spiraea, genus of shrubs — more at spirea

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The first known use of aspirin was in 1899

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aspirin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aspirin

: a medicine that reduces pain and fever

aspirin

noun
as·​pi·​rin | \ˈa-sprən, ˈa-spə-rən\

Kids Definition of aspirin

: a white drug used to relieve pain and fever

aspirin

noun
as·​pi·​rin | \ˈas-p(ə-)rən \
plural aspirin or aspirins

Medical Definition of aspirin 

1 : a white crystalline derivative C9H8O4 of salicylic acid used for relief of pain and fever

2 : a tablet of aspirin

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