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 nonsteroidal (audio) \

Definition of nonsteroidal

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

Other Words from nonsteroidal

nonsteroid noun

Examples of nonsteroidal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Similar findings have been established for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, or NSAIDS. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, especially a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin or ibuprofen, can help with sunburn relief, Dr. Goldenberg says. Korin Miller, SELF, 6 May 2022 So do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 16 May 2022 The traditional method of treatment for pain associated with arthritis are animal-specific nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, like an ibuprofen for pets. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2022 That may mean a thumb brace or splint, oral or topical nonsteroidal medications, hand therapy, referral to occupational therapy, and perhaps a cortisone shot. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 And the agency warns against a common alternative: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen (sold as Aleve). New York Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Before releasing the sea turtle back into the open ocean, the New England Aquarium gave the animal injections of vitamins and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Kelli Bender,, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonsteroidal

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonsteroidal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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

Other Words from nonsteroidal

nonsteroid noun


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