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 Instead of calling for medical help, unlicensed staff gave him aspirin and put him back to bed. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 The advisory group now says — in most cases — people age 60 and older should not begin taking a low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart problems. Nancy Clanton, ajc, 27 Apr. 2022 One 2019 study published in The American Journal of Medicine found that taking aspirin at the first sign of symptoms was a safe and effective treatment. Demetria Wambia, SELF, 11 Apr. 2022 For select individuals, daily aspirin may do more harm than good. cleveland, 23 May 2022 Ingredient prices typically make up about 70% of a CPG company’s cost of sales, and a lot of those products' ingredients are derived from petroleum, including aspirin, apparel, lipstick, toothpaste and solar panels. Bryan Pearson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Recommendations on daily aspirin to prevent disease have shifted in recent years. Bydr. Chineze Akusoba, ABC News, 26 Apr. 2022 There are a few OTC pain relievers that combine aspirin and/or acetaminophen with caffeine. Demetria Wambia, SELF, 11 Apr. 2022 The shelves are stocked with paper towels and toilet paper, aspirin and fresh eggs., 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 Jun 2022

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“Aspirin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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