aspirin

noun

as·​pi·​rin ˈa-sp(ə-)rən How to pronounce aspirin (audio)
plural aspirin or aspirins
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 The staff seemed resistant to the flu and the editor told Beardsley that ailing employees took a remedy combining aspirin and baking soda. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 John Elway hands the Chiefs the Lombardi Trophy, and a lovely evening that began with nachos and chicken wings ends with two aspirin and a Pepto-Bismol chaser. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 12 Feb. 2024 For instance, aspirin was derived from a compound for a willow tree; morphine and codeine come from poppy plants; penicillin comes from a kind of mold; and azithromycin – commonly called Z-Pak – comes from a bacterium. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 This includes things like aspirin, Tylenol, tissues, honey, tea bags, cough drops, a thermometer, etc. Rachel Wilkerson Miller, SELF, 1 Jan. 2024 Experts also believe that taking vitamin E with aspirin or blood thinners like Warfarin can increase the risk of bleeding. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Some say a little shot of vodka will get the job done; others argue that aspirin is the answer. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 And while daily aspirin was long advised to prevent heart attacks and strokes, recent guidance says people who haven’t had a stroke or heart attack should not take daily aspirin. Fran Kritz, Verywell Health, 8 Jan. 2024 Farmers were treating cows with diclofenac, a cheap nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug similar to aspirin. Meera Subramanian, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aspirin was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Aspirin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspirin. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

aspirin

noun
as·​pi·​rin ˈas-p(ə-)rən How to pronounce aspirin (audio)
1
: a white drug used as a remedy for pain and fever
2
: a tablet of aspirin

Medical Definition

aspirin

noun
as·​pi·​rin ˈas-p(ə-)rən How to pronounce aspirin (audio)
plural aspirin or aspirins
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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