ˈen-ˌsed How to pronounce NSAID (audio)
 also  -ˌsād
: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as aspirin and ibuprofen)

Examples of NSAID in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), the active ingredient works by healing the joint from underneath the skin by directly targeting inflammation. Danielle Zoellner, Verywell Health, 26 Mar. 2024 This might include an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), like ibuprofen, and a prescription triptan, which can often halt symptoms in under an hour—basically before the drink cart arrives. Julia Ries, SELF, 21 Feb. 2024 Ibuprofen and naproxen are good first-line nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for mild to moderate acute pain based on effectiveness, adverse effect profile, cost, and over-the-counter availability. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 7 June 2023

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Word History


nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of NSAID was in 1973

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“NSAID.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/NSAID. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ˈen-ˌsed also -ˌsād
: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (as ibuprofen)
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