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aspirin

[ as-per-in, -prin ]SEE DEFINITION OF aspirin

Synonyms for aspirin

  • drug
  • medicine
  • morphine
  • ointment
  • opiate
  • sedative
  • tranquilizer
  • analgesic
  • anodyne
  • dope
  • alleviative
  • pain reliever
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ASPIRIN

I ate ten aspirin and waited for the hammering to stop so I could think what to do next.

Eric took a bottle of aspirin from the drawer of his writing-table.

"I think I'll lie down for a minute," she said, and asked for the aspirin.

He knows the aspirin will not cure the arthritis, but he wants to alleviate the symptom.

I swallowed all my stock of aspirin and quinine but without relief.

The thin lady said she had been cured of all her ills by aspirin and cinnamon.

Nancy ran for the maid; for tablets of aspirin; for wet handkerchiefs.

But pa says it means I'm an aspirin' nature and born to pull up in the world.

Into her glass of water she dropped three tabloids of aspirin.

I do have a little headache; would you happen to have any aspirin aboard?

WORD ORIGIN

coined 1899 by German chemist Heinrich Dreser (1860-1924) in German as a trademark name, from Latin Spiraea (ulmaria) "meadow-sweet," the plant in whose flowers or leaves the processed acid in the medicine is found naturally, + common chemical ending -in (see -ine (2)). The initial -a- is to acknowledge acetylation; Dreser said the word was a contraction of acetylierte spirsäure, the German name of the acid, which now is obsolete, replaced by salicylic acid.

Commercial names for medicinal products began in Germany in the late 19th century, when nascent pharmaceutical firms were discovering medical uses for common, easily made chemicals. To discourage competitors they'd market the substance under a short trademarked name a doctor could remember, rather than the long chemical compound word. German law required prescriptions to be filled exactly as written.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ASPIRIN

painkiller

nounanesthetic
  • alleviative
  • analgesic
  • anodyne
  • aspirin
  • dope
  • drug
  • medicine
  • morphine
  • ointment
  • opiate
  • pain reliever
  • sedative
  • tranquilizer
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