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anti–inflammatory

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adjective an·ti–in·flam·ma·to·ry \-in-ˈflam-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\
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anti–inflammation

\-ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən\ play

Medical Definition of anti–inflammatory

  1. :  reducing or counteracting inflammation Ibuprofen was the anti-inflammatory drug most commonly used, but others, including naprosyn, also were taken.—Laurie McGinley, The Wall Street Journal, 10 Mar. 1997 Most anti-inflammatory drugs target the arachidonic acid cascade, which produces two major mediators of inflammatory responses, prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Nonsteroidal drugs can dam only one side of the cascade—they block production of prostaglandins but leave the leukotrienes unaffected. Steroidal drugs block both routes, but their side effects can make them an undesirable, though sometimes irreplaceable, treatment.—L. Davis, Science News, 13 Sept. 1986 A recent boon to the eczema-prone is a growing array of over-the-counter cortisone anti-inflammation applications.—Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 29 Aug. 1994


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anti–inflammatory

noun an·ti–in·flam·ma·to·ry

Medical Definition of anti–inflammatory

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anti–inflammatories

  1. :  an anti-inflammatory agent :  a drug (as aspirin or ibuprofen) that reduces inflammation Without anti-inflammatories, gouty attacks subside on their own—but may require several painful weeks, as opposed to the day or two required with anti-inflammatories.—Harvard Medical School Health Letter, April 1989


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