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n. pl. aspirin or as·pi·rins
1. A white, crystalline compound, C9H8O4, derived from salicylic acid and commonly used in tablet form to relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation. It is also used as an antiplatelet agent. Also called acetylsalicylic acid.
2. A tablet of aspirin.
[Originally a trademark.]
Word History: The English word aspirin comes from the German trademark Aspirin, which is made up of elements from an obsolete German term for acetylsalicylic acid, acetylierte Spirsäure, literally, "acetylated Spiraea-acid." Acetylsalicylic acid was first isolated in a species of meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria, which was formerly classified in the genus Spiraea, the genus that includes many of the garden plants called spirea.
n, pl -rin or -rins
1. (Pharmacology) a white crystalline compound widely used in the form of tablets to relieve pain and fever, to reduce inflammation, and to prevent strokes. Formula: CH3COOC6H4COOH. Chemical name: acetylsalicylic acid
2. (Pharmacology) a tablet of aspirin
[C19: from German, from A(cetyl) + Spir(säure) spiraeic acid (modern salicylic acid) + -in; see also spiraea]
as•pi•rin(ˈæs pər ɪn, -prɪn)
n., pl. -rin, -rins.
1. a white, crystalline substance, C9H8O4, derivative of salicylic acid, used as an anti-inflammatory agent and to relieve pain and fever; acetylsalicylic acid.
2. a tablet of this.
A white crystalline compound derived from salicylic acid and used as a drug to relieve fever and pain. Also called acetylsalicylic acid.
Did You Know? The forest may not look like a drugstore. Nevertheless, plants have always provided humans with powerful medicine. For example, we no longer eat the bark of willow trees when we have headaches, but for thousands of years, people in pain did just that. About 100 years ago, scientists studying willow bark figured out how it could be used to make acetylsalicylic acid, better known as aspirin. Aspirin and willow bark get broken down in the stomach to supply us with the same powerful painkiller. Quinine, which people use to control the fevers of the disease malaria, originally came from the cinchona tree. Just recently, researchers developed a new cancer drug, taxol, from the needles of yew trees. In fact, about 45 percent of all cancer drugs are either natural products or slightly altered natural chemicals that scientists tinkered with to make more potent. Researchers still study traditional plant remedies in the hopes of finding even more medicines from nature.
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|Noun||1.||aspirin - the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer, Empirin, and St. Joseph) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets|
buffered aspirin, Bufferin - aspirin coated with a substance capable of neutralizing acid (trade name Bufferin)
enteric-coated aspirin - aspirin that is treated to pass through the stomach unaltered and to dissolve in the intestines
salicylate - a salt of salicylic acid (included in several commonly used drugs)
aspirin[ˈæsprɪn] N (aspirin, aspirins (pl)) (= substance, tablet) → aspirina f
aspirin[ˈæspɪrɪn] n → aspirine f
n → Kopfschmerztablette f, → Aspirin® nt
aspirin[ˈæsprɪn] n → aspirina
a (tablet of a) kind of pain-killing drug. The child has a fever – give her some/an aspirin. aspirien أسْبِرين аспирин aspirina aspirin das Aspirin smertestillende/febernedsættende medicin; aspirin ασπιρίνηaspirina aspiriin آسپیرین aspiriini aspirine אַספִּירִין एक पीड़ा-नाशक दवा aspirin aszpirin aspirin aspirín aspirina アスピリン錠 아스피린 aspirinas aspirīns aspirin aspirine smertestillende/febernedsettende tablett aspiryna اسپرین aspirina aspirină аспирин aspirín aspirin aspirin aspirin, huvudvärkstablett แอสไพริน aspirin (止痛劑)阿司匹靈 аспірин اسپرین (دوا) thuốc giảm đau 阿司匹林
aspirin→ أَسْبيرين aspirin aspirin Aspirin ασπιρίνη aspirina aspiriini aspirine aspirin aspirina アスピリン 아스피린 aspirine aspirin aspiryna aspirina аспирин aspirin ยาแอสไพริน aspirin thuốc aspirin 阿司匹林
n. aspirina, ácido acetilsalicílico.