Definition of paracetamol in English:

paracetamol

noun

mass nounBritish
  • A synthetic compound used as a drug to relieve and reduce fever, usually taken in tablet form.

    Alternative name: para-acetylaminophenol; chemical formula: C₈H₉NO₂

    • ‘Inflammation can be reduced with ibuprofen tablets and paracetamol can help to relieve any pain.’
    • ‘For children, paracetamol is better than aspirin, which doctors do not recommend.’
    • ‘You will usually be given pain relief such as paracetamol or codeine tablets to help ease your discomfort.’
    • ‘Codeine is a stronger pain killer that is sometimes combined with paracetamol or used alone if other pain killers are not suitable.’
    • ‘Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if you have a fever or headache, and gargle with aspirin to help relieve a sore throat.’

Origin

1950s: from par(a-)acet(yl)am(inophen)ol.

Pronunciation

paracetamol

/ˌparəˈsɛtəmɒl//ˌparəˈsiːtəmɒl/