[an-l-jee-zik, -sik]Medicine/Medical


a remedy that relieves or allays pain.


of, relating to, or causing analgesia, or the relief of pain.

Origin of analgesic

First recorded in 1870–75; analges(ia) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for analgesic

anesthetic, anodyne, painkiller, soother

Examples from the Web for analgesic

Historical Examples of analgesic

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

    Merck's 1899 Manual

    Merck & Co.

British Dictionary definitions for analgesic



of or causing analgesia


a substance that produces analgesia
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Word Origin and History for analgesic

"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




A medication capable of reducing or eliminating pain.analgetic


Characterized by analgesia.
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analgesic in Science



A drug used to eliminate pain; a painkiller. Aspirin and acetaminophen are analgesics.
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analgesic in Culture


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

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

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