Definition of paracetamol in English:

paracetamol

Line breaks: para|ceta|mol
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈsiːtəmɒl
 
, -ˈsɛt-/

noun (plural same or paracetamols)

[mass noun] British
  • A synthetic compound used as a drug to relieve and reduce fever, usually taken in tablet form.
    • Alternative name: para-acetylaminophenol; chemical formula: C8H9NO2. Compare with acetaminophen
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    • Inflammation can be reduced with ibuprofen tablets and paracetamol can help to relieve any pain.
    • Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if you have a fever or headache, and gargle with aspirin to help relieve a sore throat.
    • You will usually be given pain relief such as paracetamol or codeine tablets to help ease your discomfort.

Origin

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

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