Definition of anti-inflammatory in English:


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  • (Chiefly of a drug) used to reduce inflammation.
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    • 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)

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  • An anti-inflammatory drug.
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    • 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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