painkiller

noun pain·kill·er \ ˈpān-ˌki-lər \
variants: or less commonly pain-killer
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of painkiller

: something (such as a drug) that relieves pain

pain-killing

play \ˈpān-ˌki-liŋ\ or painkilling adjective

Examples of painkiller in a Sentence

  1. I took some over-the-counter painkillers for my headache.

  2. a lot of painkillers have turned out to be addictive substances for patients

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First Known Use of painkiller

1849

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painkiller Synonyms

Synonyms

analgesic, anesthetic;


PAINKILLER Defined for English Language Learners

painkiller

Definition of painkiller for English Language Learners

  • : a drug that decreases or removes pain that you feel in your body


Medical Dictionary

painkiller

noun pain·kill·er \ -ˌkil-ər \

medical Definition of painkiller

: something (as a drug) that relieves pain

painkilling

play \-iŋ\ adjective


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