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

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Recent Examples on the Web The tablet packs 10mg phenylephrine HCI for nasal decongestion and 200mg ibuprofen for pain relief. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, "Best over-the-counter allergy medicine," 1 Apr. 2021 Right now, there’s not enough ibuprofen and red Gatorade in the world. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Sublime Absurdity of a Big, Stuck Boat," 25 Mar. 2021 Veteran workers offered suggestions based on their own routines, including buying shoes with memory foam, wearing compression socks (two pairs for more cushion) and taking ibuprofen (before shifts, again on breaks and after work). New York Times, "Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening," 18 Feb. 2021 For those who test positive but don't need a hospital stay, doctors may suggest taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever, drinking lots of water, and resting up. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Google’s Top Trending COVID-19 Searches, Answered," 9 Dec. 2020 Even common drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen can sometimes have harmful side effects. Stephen Northrup, STAT, "Looking back and looking ahead: Vioxx, drug safety, and the legacy of Sen. Michael Enzi," 21 Dec. 2020 The ibuprofen didn’t help much; neither did the physical therapy. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "He Finished His First Marathon. Then His Arm Felt Weak.," 19 Nov. 2020 His vital signs were stable and his physical exam was normal, so he was treated with oral ibuprofen and discharged with a diagnosis of presumptive viral syndrome. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Doctors Thought a California Man Had COVID-19, but It Was Actually Murine Typhus—Here's What to Know," 6 Nov. 2020 The test to confirm this diagnosis is a therapeutic trial of an old medicine called indomethacin, a relative of ibuprofen and naproxen. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "She Had a Headache for Months. Then She Could Barely See.," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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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 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ibuprofen

medical : a medicine that reduces pain and fever


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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