non·​ste·​roi·​dal | \ ˌnän-stə-ˈrȯi-dᵊl How to pronounce nonsteroidal (audio) \
variants: or less commonly nonsteroid \ ˌnän-​ˈster-​ˌȯid , -​ˈstir-​ How to pronounce nonsteroid (audio) \

Definition of nonsteroidal

: of, relating to, or being a compound and especially a drug that is not a steroid a nonsteroidal painkiller

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Recent Examples on the Web This advice is limited to people who are not already taking medication that increases the risk of bleeding, for example, an anticoagulant like Coumadin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Nsaid) like ibuprofen or naproxen. New York Times, "Aspirin, the Original Wonder Drug," 9 Mar. 2020 Also some confusing vocabulary: Ibuprofen is a part of a broader class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Does using ibuprofen when you have coronavirus make symptoms worse?," 18 Mar. 2020 The Food and Drug Administration notes that Toradol (generic name ketorolac) is a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which should be used in low doses. Molly Longman,, "Netflix Doc Reveals The Shocking Extent Of Aaron Hernandez’s Drug Use," 16 Jan. 2020 Turns out some drugs can allow blood to seep into your urine, including penicillin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and the anti-cancer medicine cyclophosphamide, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Things That Can Cause Blood in Your Urine," 19 Sep. 2018 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 The horse had tested positive for an above-legal level of phenylbutazone, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, or NSAID, used to treat pain and inflammation. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: The Angels have a new manager," 17 Oct. 2019 Doctors often give the steroid injections to help with short-term pain relief, particularly for patients who can't tolerate acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Steroid injections may lead to more long-term harm than previously thought, new study says," 17 Oct. 2019 Immediately take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, to calm the inflammation. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Does Sunscreen Expire? And Every Other Question You’ve Had About SPF, Answered," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of nonsteroidal

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonsteroidal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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-​ \

Medical Definition of nonsteroidal

: of, relating to, or being a compound and especially a drug that is not a steroid a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug — see nsaid

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