One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural paracetamolsmass nounBritish
A synthetic compound used as a drug to relieve and reduce fever, usually taken in tablet form.
Alternative name: para-acetylaminophenol; chemical formula: C₈H₉NO₂US term acetaminophen
- ‘You will usually be given pain relief such as paracetamol or codeine tablets to help ease your discomfort.’
- ‘Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if you have a fever or headache, and gargle with aspirin to help relieve a sore throat.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Codeine is a stronger pain killer that is sometimes combined with paracetamol or used alone if other pain killers are not suitable.’
1950s: from par(a-)acet(yl)am(inophen)ol.
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