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

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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 The idea is that ginger's anti-inflammatory properties may work in a similar way to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like Advil, Dr. Ganjhu says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Health Benefits of Ginger Water," 11 Jan. 2019 Medication might include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling. Korin Miller, SELF, "Claire Foy on What It Was Like to Have 'Extremely Painful' Juvenile Arthritis," 9 Jan. 2019 For instance, treatment for a fever or headache might include over-the-counter pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, and acetaminophen, Dr. Otsu says. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Bronchitis Symptoms Everyone Should Know," 28 Dec. 2018 Ibuprofen, like all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) tend to be hard on the stomach and kidneys. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Infant Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled for Containing Too Much Ibuprofen," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of nonsteroidal

1952, in the meaning defined above

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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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nonsteroid noun

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