ibu·​pro·​fen | \ ˌī-byu̇-ˈprō-fən How to pronounce ibuprofen (audio) also ī-ˈbyü-prə-fən \

Definition of ibuprofen

: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug C13H18O2 used to relieve pain and fever

Examples of ibuprofen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, especially a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin or ibuprofen, can help with sunburn relief, Dr. Goldenberg says. Korin Miller, SELF, 6 May 2022 Chronic use of ibuprofen has been shown to reduce strength and muscle size after an eight-week resistance training program in young adults. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 To help manage pain and inflammation, take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or aspirin, every six hours, says Dr. Shainhouse. Naomi Barr, SELF, 31 Mar. 2022 The traditional method of treatment for pain associated with arthritis are animal-specific nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, like an ibuprofen for pets. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2022 The doctor's notes from the appointment, which were reviewed by CBS News, show he was instructed to take ibuprofen and rest. Michael Kaplan, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2022 Aside from surgery to remove fibroids, doctors may prescribe oral contraceptives or ibuprofen to ease symptoms. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 21 Mar. 2022 There was, in the medicine cabinet, ibuprofen and antihistamines. Zach Williams, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 She was told to take ibuprofen for her migraines — her history with Percocet made doctors wary of prescribing anything stronger. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ibuprofen

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ibuprofen

is- + butyl + propionic acid + -fen (alteration of phenyl)

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“Ibuprofen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ibuprofen. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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ibu·​pro·​fen | \ ˌī-byu̇-ˈprō-fən How to pronounce ibuprofen (audio) \

Medical Definition of ibuprofen

: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug C13H18O2 used in over-the-counter preparations to relieve pain and fever and in prescription strength especially to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis — see advil, motrin

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