Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medication that reduces or eliminates pain.
  • adj. Of or causing analgesia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any medicine, such as aspirin, that reduces pain without inducing unconsciousness.
  • adj. Of or relating to analgesia; anodyne.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. serving to reduce the sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness.
  • n. a medication which serves to reduce the sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness. Aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are commonly used non-prescription analgesics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as analgetic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of relieving pain
  • n. a medicine used to relieve pain

Etymologies

From analgesia ("absence of pain"), from New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀν- (an-, "without") + ἄλγησις (algēsis, "sense of pain"), from ἄλγος (algos, "pain"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These Gz proteins are also responsible for the long-term analgesic tolerance produced by single doses of these agonists, as well as for the cross-tolerance between CB1Rs and MORs.

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  • To further investigate this, Michael Weishaupt, DMV, from the Equine Hospital at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, co-authored the recent study, "Short term analgesic effect of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in horses with proximal palmar metacarpal / plantar metatarsal pain."

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  • The long-term analgesic reaction after social conflict may be considered as an adaptive learnt response that brings the subject, more rapidly into a potent protective analgesic state

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  • For example, drugs containing opiates such as codeine, if taken at a rate as low as two doses per week, can escalate the headache frequency - so-called analgesic-dependant headache.

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  • It boasts leading brands such as analgesic Saridon, skin-care lotion Lacto Calamine and emergency contraceptive iPill, which it bought from Cipla for $21 million.

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  • Now, a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte shows that a single hour of training spread out over a three day period can produce the same kind of analgesic effect.

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  • One possibility is that when sufferers expect relief, they are able to redirect their attention away from their pain, creating an analgesic effect.

    Wray Herbert: How Do Placebos Relieve Pain?

  • If not, then the evidence would suggest that sugar pills and distraction have independent analgesic effects.

    Wray Herbert: How Do Placebos Relieve Pain?

  • So today I am going to wax poetic, nostalgic and, most important, analgesic about being lowbrow.

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  • Then she inspected my unibrow, which she said was "bushy but not unusual for a guy," and applied some analgesic soothing cream to soften the skin from which the middle part of my eyebrow grew.

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