Definition of aspirin in US English:

aspirin

noun

  • 1A synthetic compound used medicinally to relieve mild or chronic pain and to reduce fever and inflammation.

    Alternative name: acetylsalicylic acid; chemical formula: C₆H₄(OCOCH₃)COOH

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

aspirin

/ˈasp(ə)rən//ˈæsp(ə)rən/