Definition of aspirin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈasp(ə)rɪn/

noun (plural same or aspirins)

[mass noun]
1A synthetic compound used medicinally to relieve mild or chronic pain and to reduce fever and inflammation, usually taken in tablet form.
  • Alternative name: acetylsalicylic acid; chemical formula: C6H4(OCOCH3)COOH.
Example sentences
  • Ask any medical student and he or she will tell you that aspirin reduces fever, pain, and inflammation but may cause ulcers.
  • For adults, paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen can help to relieve fever and pain.
  • Optimal control of diabetes is important, and simple analgesics such as aspirin and paracetamol may be beneficial.
1.1(In general use) a tablet of any mild painkilling drug.
Example sentences
  • Instead, place them inside an airtight bag, and put in a crushed aspirin to absorb the odor.
  • If he were back home, his mom would rub his tummy and give him an aspirin to calm his nerves.
  • If you don't want to donate cash, many times these charities need blankets, food, toiletries, and simple things like aspirins and cough syrup.


Late 19th century: from German, from acetylierte Spirsäure 'acetylated salicylic acid' (the element Spir- being from the plant genus name Spiraea).

  • This was coined in German, from a(cetylierte) Spir(säur)e ‘acetylated spiraeic acid’; spiraeic acid is an old name for alicylic acid, given its name because it was first isolated from the leaves of the plant Spiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet).

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