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

Definition of ibuprofen

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Your best bet for a smoother recovery is probably some combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, Netflix and a little downtime. Daryl Davies, Joshua Silva And Terry David Church, CNN, "Hangovers: Why you get them and how to fight them off," 27 Dec. 2019 Some migraines can be treated with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin, if taken at the first signs of a migraine occurring. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "FDA approves new drug for migraine sufferers," 23 Dec. 2019 One travel expert’s advice for the rest of us: bring ibuprofen, to deal with the inevitable headaches. Pete Mcbride, National Geographic, "Have you found insight on your journeys?," 24 Dec. 2019 Her favorite item: A bottle of ibuprofen, to deal with the inevitable headaches. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Ego tourists: Who are they and how do you know if you're one of them?," 13 Dec. 2019 Prepping for my session was easy; I was simply told to avoid ibuprofen, fish oil, and vitamin E the day before to reduce the possibility of bruising and bleeding. Kate Foster, Glamour, "I’m Completely Hooked on Lip Blushing," 7 Aug. 2019 Some migraines can be treated with over the counter medications, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin, if taken at the first signs of a migraine occurring. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, "New drug to fight migraine shows promise," 19 Nov. 2019 Zink gives nearly all her patients a handout that explains that taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen -- both over-the-counter drugs -- is often more effective than taking oxycodone, an opioid. Anchorage Daily News, "A pain clinic without opioids? Believe it.," 10 Sep. 2019 Schregardus replied to the text, telling school staff to give the boy Tylenol or ibuprofen. oregonlive, "A Portland boy fell in his wheelchair at school, fracturing 2 bones. Nobody told his mom for days, $2.8M suit says," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Ibuprofen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ibuprofen. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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