Definition of aspirin in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A synthetic compound used medicinally to relieve mild or chronic pain and to reduce fever and inflammation, usually taken in tablet form.

    • ‘Ginger is a good alternative to aspirin to relieve minor aches and pains.’
    • ‘Soluble aspirin - a sore throat that is very inflamed can be treated with a gargle of soluble aspirin dissolved in a glass of water.’
    • ‘Both aspirin and warfarin reduce the risk of blood clots that can cause stroke.’
    • ‘Some patients' choices between using aspirin or a statin may depend on cost as well as their perceived risks of adverse effects.’
    • ‘Call your pharmacist or doctor if you do not know if the medicine has aspirin in it.’
    • ‘For adults, paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen can help to relieve fever and pain.’
    • ‘Recent studies show that ibuprofen interferes with the effect of aspirin on platelet aggregation.’
    • ‘In the story of aspirin, politics and medicine are heavily intertwined.’
    • ‘For children, paracetamol is better than aspirin, which doctors do not recommend.’
    • ‘Regular use of aspirin or certain other pain relievers can irritate your stomach.’
    • ‘Many believe that, even if aspirin is not effective, it is safe.’
    • ‘A new study suggests aspirin may help to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.’
    • ‘The research supports earlier studies showing that ibuprofen can interfere with aspirin's effects.’
    • ‘Ask any medical student and he or she will tell you that aspirin reduces fever, pain, and inflammation but may cause ulcers.’
    • ‘Evidence is growing that regular aspirin may reduce cancer and dementia as well as vascular events.’
    • ‘Initial drug treatment should include aspirin, a blocker, and a nitrate.’
    • ‘Previous studies have suggested that aspirin reduces the number of cases of oesophageal cancer.’
    • ‘The oldest arthritis medicine, aspirin, may turn out to be the unsung hero after all.’
    • ‘Optimal control of diabetes is important, and simple analgesics such as aspirin and paracetamol may be beneficial.’
    • ‘Talk to your doctor about whether aspirin would help reduce your risk of a heart attack.’
    1. 1.1(in general use) a tablet of any mild painkilling drug.
      • ‘I need to take five or six aspirins just to get rid of a headache.’
      • ‘But I still don't believe that you're stupid enough to chuck down five aspirins at once.’
      • ‘Ah, but just think of the aspirins you could buy with a million dollars - and have lots left over!’
      • ‘If you're bowling and feel a headache coming on, take two aspirins and stay away from splits.’
      • ‘He needed some fresh air and about a dozen aspirins.’
      • ‘Instead, place them inside an airtight bag, and put in a crushed aspirin to absorb the odor.’
      • ‘If he were back home, his mom would rub his tummy and give him an aspirin to calm his nerves.’
      • ‘He competed anyway, wrapping the ankle in tape and popping aspirin to stifle the pain.’
      • ‘My head was throbbing from staring at a computer too long, and so I put a towel over my forehead and took two aspirins (washing them down with a glass of red wine) and started moaning: Help me!’
      • ‘If you don't want to donate cash, many times these charities need blankets, food, toiletries, and simple things like aspirins and cough syrup.’
      • ‘He silently handed her a glass of water and two aspirins.’
      • ‘After washing up and taking 2 aspirins in hope to cure my headache, I exit and re-enter my kitchen for what seems like the millionth time in the past 2 days.’
      • ‘The popular consensus is that the only way to effectively take the edge off the morning after is to drink seven or eight gallons of water before you go to sleep and maybe knock back a couple of aspirins while you're at it.’
      • ‘Even now if I get a headache I'm not allowed to take any aspirins in case it masks the symptoms and I have a recurrence.’
      • ‘Compare that with how much you might otherwise spend on health care benefits, and you'll probably just take two aspirins and sign up.’
      • ‘I took two aspirins, and monitored my pulse and blood pressure until the readings returned to normal about ten minutes later.’
      • ‘Three cups of coffee and two aspirins later Blair was starting to sound like her normal self again.’
      • ‘My stomach is way too sensitive to take aspirin, ibuprofen or other arthritis pills.’
      • ‘They must have needed the aspirins after five hours of that.’
      • ‘He takes the aspirins and notices a note on the table.’


Late 19th century: from German, from acetylierte Spirsäure acetylated salicylic acid (the element Spir- being from the plant genus name Spiraea).