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 Dictionary entry overview: What does analgesic mean? 

  The noun ANALGESIC has 1 sense:

1. a medicine used to relieve pain

  Familiarity information: ANALGESIC used as a noun is very rare.

ANALGESIC (adjective)
  The adjective ANALGESIC has 1 sense:

1. capable of relieving pain

  Familiarity information: ANALGESIC used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A medicine used to relieve pain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


analgesic; anodyne; pain pill; painkiller

Hypernyms ("analgesic" is a kind of...):

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "analgesic"):

acetaminophen; Anacin III; Datril; Panadol; Phenaphen; Tempra; Tylenol (an analgesic for mild pain; also used as an antipyretic; (Datril, Tylenol, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, and Anacin III are trademarks of brands of acetaminophen tablets))

Darvon; propoxyphene; propoxyphene hydrochloride (a mildly narcotic analgesic drug (trade name Darvon) related to methadone but less addictive)

phenazopyridine; Pyridium (analgesic (trade name Pyridium) used to treat urinary tract infections)

pentazocine; Talwin (analgesic drug (trade name Talwin) that is less addictive than morphine)

morphia; morphine (an alkaloid narcotic drug extracted from opium; a powerful, habit-forming narcotic used to relieve pain)

Dilaudid; hydromorphone; hydromorphone hydrochloride (a narcotic analgesic (trade name Dilaudid) used to treat moderate to severe pain)

Fentanyl; Sublimaze (trade names of a narcotic analgesic that can be inhaled and that acts on the central nervous system and may become addictive; used as a veterinary anesthetic and with other drugs before, during, and after surgery; also used as a nonlethal gas to incapacitate people in hostage situations; also abused as a recreational drug)

colchine (an analgesic drug derived from the saffron plant and used to treat gout)

codeine (derivative of opium; used as an antitussive (to relieve coughing) and an analgesic (to relive pain))

acetylsalicylic acid; aspirin; Bayer; Empirin; St. Joseph (the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer and Empirin) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets)

amidopyrine; aminopyrine (a white crystalline substance used as an analgesic and antipyretic)

acetophenetidin; acetphenetidin; phenacetin; acetanilid; acetanilide; phenylacetamide (a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic)

sodium salicylate (a crystalline salt used as an analgesic and antipyretic)

ANALGESIC (adjective)

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Capable of relieving pain


analgesic; analgetic; anodyne

Context examples:

the anodyne properties of certain drugs / an analgesic effect


moderating (lessening in intensity or strength)

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