non·​ste·​roi·​dal | \ˌnän-stə-ˈrȯi-dᵊl \
variants: or less commonly nonsteroid \ ˌnän-​ˈstir-​ˌȯid , -​ˈster-​ \

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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In early 2016, under Tu's leadership, the Minnesota dental school introduced a mandatory protocol stipulating that the first-line treatment for pain would be nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as high-dose ibuprofen. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Why We Won’t Miss Opioids," 1 June 2018 Those include aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, which could increase risk of bleeding. Larry Barszewski,, "Mosquitoes that carry Zika could bring deadlier yellow fever this year," 5 May 2018 Non-surgical treatment options for tendon and ligament injuries typically may involve the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroid medication or injections., "Optimum Performance: PRP - A non-surgical option for mild joint trauma," 4 May 2018 Some over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, can cause stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain," 1 Oct. 2017 Usually, doctors will recommend a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen as the first line of defense from pain, Greves says. Korin Miller, Allure, "This Is What Endometriosis Pain Feels Like — and How to Treat It," 6 Mar. 2018 Doctors will typically recommend pain medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) along with hormonal birth control to make periods lighter and less painful, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "This Is Exactly What Happens During Your Menstrual Cycle," 23 Feb. 2018 Instead of pills that get things racing, one lot of Basic Drugs Brand Senna Laxative 100-count tablet bottles might contain Basic Drugs Naproxen Sodium, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain reliever. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "This laxative might not be a laxative — and what’s inside the bottle could be deadly," 24 Jan. 2018 Dogs and cats can also be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and fluids to maintain hydration until the flu passes. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Don’t just worry about your kids. Your dog — or cat — can get the flu, too.," 1 Feb. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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non·​ste·​roi·​dal | \ˌnän-stə-ˈrȯid-ᵊl \
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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