noun, plural as·pi·rin, as·pi·rins.
Origin of aspirin
Examples from the Web for aspirin
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John Baron, et al. “A Randomized Trial of Aspirin to Prevent Colorectal Adenomas.”
Peter J. Mason, et al. “Aspirin Resistance and Atherothrombotic Disease.”
Aspirin fails to reduce platelet production in aspirant-resistant individuals.
According to the American Cancer Society-affiliated study that yielded this stat, aspirin might be great for the gut.
The advertising campaign of Aspirin, Bayer since it entered the patent medicine field has been typical of that field.
She hurried through her bath and was partly dressed when Marjorie returned with a little bottle of aspirin tablets.Marjorie Dean|Pauline Lester
Mrs. Potter had no aspirin, but she hoisted herself out of her arm-chair and said she would go round to the chemist and get some.The War-Workers|E.M. Delafield
It was a' a booin' doon afore and an aspirin' up into the bosom o' the infinite God.Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
Aspirin is one of those proprietary drugs that are extensively prescribed by physicians.
British Dictionary definitions for aspirin
noun plural -rin or -rins
Word Origin for aspirin
Word Origin and History for aspirin
coined 1899 by German chemist Heinrich Dreser (1860-1924) in German as a trademark name, from Latin Spiraea (ulmaria) "meadow-sweet," the plant in whose flowers or leaves the processed acid in the medicine is found naturally, + common chemical ending -in (see -ine (2)). The initial -a- is to acknowledge acetylation; Dreser said the word was a contraction of acetylierte spirsäure, the German name of the acid, which now is obsolete, replaced by salicylic acid.
Die Bezeichnung Aspirin ist abgeleitet aus "Spirsäure" -- alter Name der Salicylsäure und A = Acetyl; statt" Acetylirte Spirsäure, kurzweg "Aspirin". [H, Dreser, "Pharmakologisches über Aspirin (Acetylsalicylsäure)," in "Archiv für die Gesammte Physiologie des Menschen und der Thiere," 1899, p.307]
Commercial names for medicinal products began in Germany in the late 19th century, when nascent pharmaceutical firms were discovering medical uses for common, easily made chemicals. To discourage competitors they'd market the substance under a short trademarked name a doctor could remember, rather than the long chemical compound word. German law required prescriptions to be filled exactly as written.
Medicine definitions for aspirin
Science definitions for aspirin
A Closer Look
Ninety percent of the population experiences at least one headache each year. The most common type is a tension headache, which is caused by stress and is characterized by tightening of the muscles in the base of the neck and along the scalp. Aspirin alleviates headaches by blocking the body's production of prostaglandins, hormones that contribute to pain by stimulating muscle contraction and blood vessel dilation. For thousands of years, people chewed the bark of willow trees to control headache and other pain. The study of the properties of this medicinal plant led German chemist Hermann Kolbe to synthesize acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), a building block of aspirin, in 1859. A pure form of ASA wasn't prepared until 1897, by Felix Hoffman, a chemist in the Bayer chemical factory in Germany. After publication of successful clinical trials, aspirin was distributed in powder form in 1899 and as a tablet in 1900. Aspirin possesses a number of properties that make it one of the most recommended drugs. Besides being an analgesic, or pain reliever, it also reduces inflammation that often accompanies injuries or diseases, such as arthritis. It is also an antipyretic compound, or fever reducer. Aspirin is the only over-the-counter analgesic approved for prevention of cardiovascular disease. New research suggests that aspirin may also decrease the risk of some forms of stroke. Additional studies indicate that aspirin may play a role in reducing the risks of ovarian cancer.