aspirin

noun
as·​pi·​rin | \ ˈas-p(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.

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But 37 percent also took other NSAIDs like aspirin or naproxens like Aleve. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "Americans are abusing over-the-counter drugs as well as opioids, study shows," 9 Feb. 2018 In Settle's case, her doctors instructed her to take anti-seizure medication and children's aspirin and to stay hydrated in order to facilitate her blood flow. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "'Greatest Showman' Star Keala Settle Reveals She Was Diagnosed With Moyamoya Disease," 28 Nov. 2018 Applying a paste made of aspirin immediately removes excess oil and dead skin. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 For instance, treatment for a fever or headache might include over-the-counter pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, and acetaminophen, Dr. Otsu says. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Bronchitis Symptoms Everyone Should Know," 28 Dec. 2018 Even aspirin, which costs a little over a dollar for a month’s supply, can reduce the risk of heart attack in people who have already had one and increase survival rates if taken right after a heart attack. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Heart disease used to be an ailment of the rich. But it’s now striking the world’s poor.," 15 Oct. 2018 Two other super common items, aspirin and baking soda, can also be used to treat blood stains. Jolie Kerr, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Period Stains Out: 10 Ways to Remove Blood from Fabric," 17 July 2018 As far as medication goes, Tylenol or a generic equivalent, an anti-inflammatory such as aspirin, an antihistamine such as Benadryl and diarrhea medication would be sufficient for most short-term needs. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best First Aid Kits For Any Situation," 26 July 2018 For example, the medicinal effect of the bark of the willow, from which aspirin is derived, has been known for centuries. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "5 Pain-Fighting Foods," 31 Mar. 2011

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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 How to pronounce aspirin (audio) , 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 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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