Definition of paracetamol in English:

Share this entry

paracetamol

Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈsiːtəmɒl/
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈsɛtəmɒl/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: para|ceta|mol

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.