[ an-tee-in-flam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn ti ɪnˈflæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌæn taɪ- /


acting to reduce certain signs of inflammation, as swelling, tenderness, fever, and pain.

noun, plural an·ti-in·flam·ma·to·ries.

Pharmacology. a medication, as aspirin, used to reduce inflammation.

Origin of anti-inflammatory

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-inflammatory



reducing inflammation


any anti-inflammatory drug, such as cortisone, aspirin, or ibuprofen
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Medicine definitions for anti-inflammatory



Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.

Other words from anti-inflammatory

an′ti-in•flamma•to′ry n.
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Science definitions for anti-inflammatory

[ ăn′tē-ĭn-flămə-tôr′ē, ăn′tī- ]

Preventing or reducing inflammation. Aspirin and ibuprofen are anti-inflammatory drugs.
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