Definition of painkiller in English:



  • A drug or a medicine for relieving pain.

    • ‘I pass a fine needle into that spinal fluid and deposit a combination of a local anaesthetic and a painkiller, morphine.’
    • ‘The morphine and assortment of drugs and painkillers kept her in a dream state for quite a while.’
    • ‘You may have some minor pain and headache, which can be treated using simple painkillers.’
    • ‘People with viral meningitis need to rest and take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.’
    • ‘Until a year ago he was on a cocktail of drugs and painkillers and in constant agony.’
    • ‘As the anaesthetic wears off, there may be some abdominal pain, and painkillers may be required.’
    • ‘For moderate pain, painkillers such as paracetamol may help to provide relief.’
    • ‘The jaw may feel stiff and sore, but painkillers will help to relieve discomfort.’
    • ‘If the sunburn is severe, you may need painkillers such as paracetamol or antihistamines.’
    • ‘This includes the use of antibiotics to fight infections and painkillers to deal with pain.’
    • ‘This discomfort can be relieved by taking painkillers that you would normally take for a headache.’
    • ‘The specialist may prescribe stronger painkillers or other medication to help relieve the pain.’
    • ‘The pain of shingles may be relieved by painkillers such as paracetamol.’
    • ‘Over-the-counter painkiller or anti-inflammatory medicine such as Ibuprofen should reduce pain and swelling.’
    • ‘She takes a range of drugs including painkillers and has gold injections at the hospital.’
    • ‘The anaesthetist will prescribe painkillers for the first few days after the operation.’
    • ‘Codeine is a good painkiller but, like any medicine, it is not free from side-effects.’
    • ‘The knee may feel stiff and sore and painkillers may be needed to relieve the discomfort.’
    • ‘One of the first things that is often done by doctors is to give you a simple painkiller like paracetamol.’
    • ‘It may be necessary for you to take painkillers for about 24 hours to give the antibiotics time to work.’
    analgesic, pain reliever, anodyne, anaesthetic, narcotic, embrocation, liniment
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