[ ăn′əl-jĕtĭk ]
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Having altered pain perception.
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What does analgetic mean?

Analgetic is a less common variant of analgesic, a remedy that reduces or relieves pain. It especially refers to pain-relief medicine, such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen.

Analgesic comes from the word analgesia, which means a lessening of pain or the absence of pain.

When used as an adjective, the term analgesic describes things that have pain-relieving effects, as in the analgesic properties of certain herbs. 

When analgetic is used as an adjective, it often describes a person who has an altered perception of pain.

The related term algetic is an adjective that means painful, causing pain, or involving pain.

Example: Aspirin is a well-known and commonly used analgetic.

Where does analgetic come from?

The first records of the word analgetic come from the 1800s. It’s a variant of analgesic, which ultimately comes from the Greek word analgēsía, meaning “painless.” The word is a combination of the prefix an-, meaning “without,” and the Greek algein, meaning “to feel pain” (the English word algesia means “sensitivity to pain”).

Analgetic is a medical term. Pain relief is such a common topic that its more common variant analgesic has become somewhat commonly recognized by people who are not medical professionals. Analgetics come in many forms, including gels and injections, but they are most commonly used in pill form. Mild analgetics are sold at the drugstore, while more powerful ones are prescribed or used to treat patients at the hospital. NSAIDs are a specific type of analgetics that treat inflammation.

Analgetics dull pain or mask the feeling. They should not be confused with anesthetics, which are intended to remove all sensation and sometimes cause unconsciousness.

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How is analgetic used in real life?

Analgetic can refer to both over-the-counter painkillers, like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen, as well as more powerful ones.



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All analgetics are NSAIDs.