Definition of anti-inflammatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌan(t)ēinˈflaməˌtôrē/ Pronunciation: /ˌanˌtīinˈflaməˌtôrē/


(Chiefly of a drug) used to reduce inflammation.
Example sentences
  • These three nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduce pain and fever.
  • This is of particular concern with stimulants and anti-inflammatory steroids.
  • Moreover, she was not taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin.

noun (plural anti-inflammatories)

An anti-inflammatory drug.
Example sentences
  • Painkillers (such as paracetamol and codeine) or anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen) may help to control the pain if the symptoms are mild.
  • They refuse decongestants, non-sedating antihistamines, even nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories for pain because they're afraid they'll be grounded.
  • Her general practitioner discussed the benefits and harms of paracetamol versus non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and gave her a decision aid to help her clarify her decision.

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Syllabification: an·ti-in·flam·ma·to·ry

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