non·​ste·​roi·​dal ˌnän-stə-ˈrȯi-dᵊl How to pronounce nonsteroidal (audio)
variants or less commonly nonsteroid
-ˈstir- How to pronounce nonsteroidal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a compound and especially a drug that is not a steroid
a nonsteroidal painkiller
nonsteroid noun

Examples of nonsteroidal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main ingredients in these medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 Over-the-counter antihistamines (for nasal congestion), cough medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for pain and discomfort) may ease some symptoms. Amanda Gardner, Health, 28 Jan. 2023 For example, ibuprofen (Advil) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that’s effective for treating inflammatory back pain. Carrie Madormo, Rn, Health, 23 Jan. 2023 In southern Asia, and particularly in India, the chief villain has been a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug called diclofenac, widely used to treat arthritis symptoms in cattle and water buffalo. William H. Funk, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2016 In the 24 hours preceding the trials, they were asked to avoid strenuous exercise and to consume a specified amount of carbohydrate and fluid but no alcohol, caffeine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or nutritional supplements. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2013 Usually, that means taking triptans or pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and aspirin, or acetaminophen. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 16 Sep. 2022 An additional benefit is that tart cherries contain high levels of anthocyanins, which provide substantial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity on a similar level to that provided by common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 Acute treatment options include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), manual therapy (osteopathic manual treatment, massage, chiropractic treatment and acupuncture). Emilia Benton, Men's Health, 30 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonsteroidal was in 1952

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“Nonsteroidal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


non·​ste·​roi·​dal ˌnän-stə-ˈrȯid-ᵊl How to pronounce nonsteroidal (audio)
variants also nonsteroid
(ˈ)nän-ˈsti(ə)r-ˌȯid also -ˈste(ə)r-
: of, relating to, or being a compound and especially a drug that is not a steroid
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
see nsaid
nonsteroid noun
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