cough syrup


: any of various sweet usually medicated liquids used to relieve coughing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web India is investigating claims made by Uzbekistan’s government that 18 children died after ingesting a cough syrup brand made in the South Asian nation just two months after a similar tragedy was reported in Gambia., 29 Dec. 2022 The small slender bottles filled with liquid the color of cherry cough syrup looked like something that Alice had drunk in Wonderland. Alaina Chou, Bon Appétit, 24 Jan. 2023 The ministry also said the cough syrup was incorrectly used by parents. Swati Gupta, CNN, 30 Dec. 2022 Just go to a drug store and try to buy cough syrup or fever-reducing medication. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor Dec. 13, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2022 Few families look for cough syrup for children anymore, while there is a high demand for denture cleaner, eye drops and patches for pain relief. Choe Sang-hun Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 Imagine you are hopped up on cough syrup awaiting the results of a Covid test. Faran Krentcil, ELLE, 20 Dec. 2022 The Indian maker of a cough syrup linked to at least 18 deaths in Uzbekistan has halted production after an investigation by drug regulators, India’s health minister said Friday. Swati Gupta, CNN, 30 Dec. 2022 The cough syrup was reportedly made by an Indian company called Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which has had one of its factories shut down since the outbreak of the deaths. Justin Klawans, The Week, 15 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cough syrup was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Cough syrup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

cough syrup

: any of various sweet liquids that contain medicine and are used to relieve coughing

Medical Definition

cough syrup

: any of various sweet usually medicated liquids used to relieve coughing
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