Definition of naproxen in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic compound used as an anti-inflammatory drug, especially in the treatment of headache and arthritis.

    Chemical formula: C₁₄H₁₄O₃

    • ‘They may need aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen or sulindac.’
    • ‘Aspirin and drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen can cause life-threatening ulcers.’
    • ‘The headache usually responds to over-the-counter analgesics, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen.’
    • ‘Even traditional anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen and ibuprofen may be linked to cardiovascular complications like heart failure.’
    • ‘But what happens when you can't tolerate aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen?’


1970s: from na(phthyl) + pr(opionic) + ox(y-), + -en on the pattern of words such as tamoxifen.