Definition of painkiller
: something (such as a drug) that relieves pain
pain–killingplay \ˈpān-ˌki-liŋ\ or
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 of painkiller from the Web
Prince died in April 2016 of an accidental painkiller overdose.
Three out of the five patients also received allegedly deadly combinations of painkillers, muscle relaxants, and anti-anxiety medications.
She was hooked on the powerful painkiller, and helped her boyfriend sell the drug, often serving as a lookout, authorities said.
Fox Sports announcer Paul Azinger, a former tour pro, said many players have been concerned for years about Woods’ potential addiction to painkillers, following years of injuries to his neck and back.
An example in that category is Zohydro, a powerful painkiller that was approved by the agency in 2013 without an abuse-deterrent mechanism.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by former NHL player Derek Boogard’s parents, who blamed the league for their son’s brain damage and addiction to prescription painkillers.
Today's U.S. opioid epidemic is rooted in a 1980 letter to a medical journal that played down the potential for painkiller addiction, a new report states.
Oregon reached a settlement in 2015 with opioid painkiller manufacturer Insys for off-label promotion of Subsys, a fentanyl spray more powerful than heroin.
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Definition of painkiller for English Language Learners
: a drug that decreases or removes pain that you feel in your body
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