analgesic

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See also: analgèsic

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From analgesia (absence of pain), from New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀν- (an-, without) + ἄλγησις (algēsis, sense of pain), from ἄλγος (algos, pain).

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analgesic (plural analgesics)

  1. (pharmacology) Any medicine, such as aspirin, that reduces pain without inducing unconsciousness.
    • 2004, Jocoby, David B. and Youngson, R. M., Encyclopedia of Family Health, Marshall Cavendish, pg. 137:
      I am taking an analgesic. Is it safe to drink alcholic beverages?
    • 2010, Associated Press staff, Cadence signs option to buy Incline (original copy), Bloomberg Businessweek:
      Incline makes Ionsys, a potential analgesic for adult inpatients requiring opioid pain treatment after surgery.

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analgesic (comparative more analgesic, superlative most analgesic)

  1. (medicine) Of or relating to analgesia; anodyne.

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