painkiller

noun
pain·​kill·​er | \ ˈpān-ˌki-lər How to pronounce painkiller (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pain-killer

Definition of painkiller

: something (such as a drug) that relieves pain

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Other Words from painkiller

pain-killing \ ˈpān-​ˌki-​liŋ How to pronounce pain-killing (audio) \ or painkilling adjective

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Examples of painkiller in a Sentence

I took some over-the-counter painkillers for my headache. a lot of painkillers have turned out to be addictive substances for patients
Recent Examples on the Web The Sacklers are deep in negotiations that, if finalized, would force them to give up ownership of Purdue, the company widely blamed for the onset of the opioid epidemic with its aggressive marketing of the prescription painkiller OxyContin. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Sacklers vs. States: Settlement Talks Stumble Over Foreign Business," 30 Aug. 2019 Because pre-existing conditions so frequently lead to a breakdown, experts often blame the use of painkillers for catastrophic injuries, because the drugs can mask defects like fractures and keep a horse running, experts said. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 To get aspirin or painkillers for his back pain, Federico has always gone to his local pharmacy. Tamra Santana, Houston Chronicle, "Home building boom continues for Spring, Klein, Tomball and Cypress communities," 14 May 2018 Gloria Robson, 81, was prescribed the painkiller Nolotil for her back pain, The Sun reported. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Tourists warned to avoid common painkiller in Spain after fatalities linked to drug," 23 Apr. 2018 Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy Sunday night. CBS News, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 The company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin has filed for bankruptcy days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. NBC News, "Purdue Pharma, maker of painkiller OxyContin, files for bankruptcy as part of settlement," 16 Sep. 2019 The company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin has filed for bankruptcy days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 16 Sep. 2019 Last week, thousands of plaintiffs reached a tentative deal with Purdue Pharma — which developed and marketed the addictive painkiller OxyContin — and its owners, the Sackler family. New York Times, "This Week in Business: E-Cigarettes Take a Hit, and Gig Workers Get Good News," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of painkiller

1849, in the meaning defined above

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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of painkiller was in 1849

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painkiller

noun
How to pronounce painkiller (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of painkiller

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

painkiller

noun
pain·​kill·​er | \ -ˌkil-ər How to pronounce painkiller (audio) \

Medical Definition of painkiller

: something (as a drug) that relieves pain

Other Words from painkiller

painkilling \ -​iŋ How to pronounce painkilling (audio) \ adjective

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