Definition of analgesic in English:



  • (of a drug) acting to relieve pain.

    • ‘Because of the high incidence of breakthrough pain, it is important for patients to have immediate-release analgesic medication available.’
    • ‘Initially treatment consisted of the provision of a sling and analgesic medication.’
    • ‘The regular intake of three or more analgesic tablets daily or narcotics or ergotamine on more than two days a week are suggested arbitrary limits.’
    • ‘They are given a log to record the quantity and type of pain experienced and the time and type of analgesic medications used, as well as a visual analog scale to score their daily pain rating.’
    • ‘The number of analgesic tablets taken during the study period was recorded.’
    painkilling, anodyne, pain-relieving
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  • An analgesic drug.

    • ‘Codeine, morphine, and fentanyl were the analgesics used most often.’
    • ‘Non-narcotic analgesics can be used for mild to moderate migraines that are not associated with nausea and vomiting.’
    • ‘Opioid analgesics or morphine-based drugs form the cornerstone of burn pain treatment.’
    • ‘You can take analgesics such as paracetamol, or anti-inflammatories to reduce any swelling.’
    • ‘The question of interest is not so much whether they are potent analgesics compared with codeine but, rather, which painful conditions they are effective in.’
    painkiller, painkilling drug, anodyne, pain reliever
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