Definitions for aspirinˈæs pər ɪn, -prɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•pi•rinˈæs pər ɪn, -prɪn(n.)(pl.)-rin, -rins.

  1. a white, crystalline substance, C9H8O4, derivative of salicylic acid, used as an anti-inflammatory agent and to relieve pain and fever; acetylsalicylic acid.

    Category: Pharmacology

  2. a tablet of this.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of aspirin:

1899; < G, orig. a trademark, =A(cetyl)acetyl+Spir(sӓure) salicylic acid (see spirea ) +-in -in1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Empirin, St. Joseph(noun)

    the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer, Empirin, and St. Joseph) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. aspirin(noun)ˈæs pər ɪn, -prɪn

    a drug that reduces pain

Wiktionary

  1. aspirin(Noun)

    An analgesic drug, acetylsalicylic acid.

  2. aspirin(Noun)

    A tablet containing this substance.

  3. Origin: From the trademark Aspirin, from Acetylirte Spirsäure. The trade name Aspirin is a registered trademark in some countries, but has entered the English language in generic usage.

Freebase

  1. Aspirin

    Aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid, is a salicylate drug, often used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains, as an antipyretic to reduce fever, and as an anti-inflammatory medication. Aspirin was first isolated by Felix Hoffmann, a chemist with the German company Bayer in 1897. Salicylic acid, the main metabolite of aspirin, is an integral part of human and animal metabolism. While in humans much of it is attributable to diet, a substantial part is synthesized endogenously. Aspirin also has an antiplatelet effect by inhibiting the production of thromboxane, which under normal circumstances binds platelet molecules together to create a patch over damaged walls of blood vessels. Because the platelet patch can become too large and also block blood flow, locally and downstream, aspirin is also used long-term, at low doses, to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at high risk of developing blood clots. It has also been established that low doses of aspirin may be given immediately after a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack or of the death of cardiac tissue. Aspirin may be effective at preventing certain types of cancer, particularly colorectal cancer.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Aspirin

    The prototypical analgesic used in the treatment of mild to moderate pain. It has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties and acts as an inhibitor of cyclooxygenase which results in the inhibition of the biosynthesis of prostaglandins. Aspirin also inhibits platelet aggregation and is used in the prevention of arterial and venous thrombosis. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p5)


Translations for aspirin

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

aspirin(noun)

a (tablet of a) kind of pain-killing drug

The child has a fever; – give her some/an aspirin.

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