ibu·​pro·​fen ˌī-byu̇-ˈprō-fən How to pronounce ibuprofen (audio)
 also  ī-ˈbyü-prə-fən
: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug C13H18O2 used to relieve pain and fever

Examples of ibuprofen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common cause of peptic ulcers is long-term use of anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, according to Dr. Lawrence Kosinski of the American Gastroenterological Association. Jonel Aleccia, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help alleviate pain associated with road rash. Thomas J. Henry Personal Injury Law, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 Most people who need medication do well with anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2023 Pain relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen help alleviate pain. Kristine Thomason, Health, 17 Aug. 2023 The most common medications people experience allergies to include penicillin, antibiotics, sulfa drugs, anticonvulsants, and aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma,and Immunology. Lisa Mulcahy, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil (ibuprofen) help get rid of inflammation and reduce pain. Cory Martin, Health, 23 Aug. 2023 But ibuprofen doesn’t carry the stigma that Narcan does. Eleanore Park, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Steroids, hormonal drugs also in short supply More than 1 in 5 hospital pharmacists also reported shortages for steroids, hormonal drugs and oral liquids such as lidocaine, ibuprofen and amoxicillin. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ibuprofen was in 1967

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“Ibuprofen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ibuprofen. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


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