as·​pi·​rin | \ ˈa-sp(ə-)rən How to pronounce aspirin (audio) \
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 Like opening the kitchen cabinet to find a little corner ripped off the roll of aluminum foil—my uncle used them to construct his aspirin bottle crack pipes. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "“Addiction is a thief of your goodbyes”," 23 Feb. 2021 From August to October, a dose of penicillin more than doubled in price, while aspirin cost rose by a third, according to a report from the Korea International Trade Association. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korea’s Economy Hit Harder Than It Has Been in Decades," 18 Dec. 2020 He was treated at Walter Reed Military Medical Center with remdesivir, an experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail, and was taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Reporter in Biden press pool tests positive for coronavirus," 16 Dec. 2020 The patients in the aspirin group did not experience a significant increase in adverse events such as major bleeding while hospitalized. Hallie Miller,, "Daily aspirin use could lower coronavirus death risk, University of Maryland medical school study finds," 23 Oct. 2020 But doctors may recommend low-dose aspirin to pregnant people with certain medical conditions, such as clotting disorders, or risk factors for preeclampsia, the Mayo Clinic says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Warns Against Using Ibuprofen In the Second Half of Pregnancy," 19 Oct. 2020 Common medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin can help reduce pain while possibly lightening your period. Noel Cody, Essence, "How to Help Heavy Periods," 9 Dec. 2020 The polypill with the aspirin reduced heart problems and deaths by 31% and came with minimal side effects. Jen Christensen, CNN, "A 'transformational' and inexpensive polypill could cut heart attacks and strokes up to 40%, study finds," 15 Nov. 2020 Doctors also administered the president Remdesivir, the steroid dexamethasone, zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin. Essence, "Ben Carson: I'm Convinced Experimental COVID-19 Treatment Trump Also Used Saved My Life," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Aspirin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aspirin

: a medicine that reduces pain and fever


as·​pi·​rin | \ ˈa-sprən How to pronounce aspirin (audio) , ˈa-spə-rən \

Kids Definition of aspirin

: a white drug used to relieve pain and fever


as·​pi·​rin | \ ˈas-p(ə-)rən How to pronounce aspirin (audio) \
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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