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analgesic

[an-l-jee-zik, -sik]Medicine/Medical
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noun
  1. a remedy that relieves or allays pain.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or causing analgesia, or the relief of pain.

Origin of analgesic

First recorded in 1870–75; analges(ia) + -ic
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Examples from the Web for analgesic

Historical Examples

  • (Analgesic and Antipyretic): 16—32 ♏, pure or with equal parts glycerin or oil.

    Merck's 1899 Manual

    Merck & Co.


British Dictionary definitions for analgesic

analgesic

adjective
  1. of or causing analgesia
noun
  1. a substance that produces analgesia
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Word Origin and History for analgesic

adj.

"tending to remove pain," 1848, from analgesia + -ic. Alternative form analgetic is preferred by linguistic purists but is less common in use. The noun meaning "an analgesic preparation" recorded by 1860.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

analgesic in Medicine

analgesic

(ăn′əl-jēzĭk)
n.
  1. A medication capable of reducing or eliminating pain.analgetic
adj.
  1. Characterized by analgesia.
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analgesic in Science

analgesic

[ăn′əl-jēzĭk]
  1. A drug used to eliminate pain; a painkiller. Aspirin and acetaminophen are analgesics.
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analgesic in Culture

analgesic

[(an-l-jee-zik, an-l-jee-sik)]

A drug, such as aspirin, that relieves pain in the body.

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