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

  • adj. Not being or containing a steroid: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
  • n. A drug or other substance not containing a steroid.

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  • adj. That does not consist of, or contain steroids.

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

  • n. an organic compound that does no contain a steroid
  • adj. not steroidal or not having the effects of steroid hormones


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  • And all of those drugs, called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories NSAIDs, can cause dangerous gastrointestinal bleeding and other problems, especially when taken long term.

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  • Other pain drugs compared included older ones like ibuprofen, Advil and Motril known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.

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  • Many people were put on different kinds of the same general type of medication, called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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  • In the 1980s, several painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, which had been approved by the FDA, were pulled off the market because of safety problems.

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  • ROBERTS: It's over-the-counter pain medication used by millions of Americans, but now there is new concern for people who take pills like Advil and Aleve, so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and don't tell their doctors about it.

    CNN Transcript Oct 16, 2007

  • The latest research actually shows that most people who take these medications, including what are called nonsteroidal anti - inflammatories, like Aleve, or Ibuprofen or Naproxen, or even Aspirin, don't tell their doctors about it, and about one in five of them don't tell their doctors about it, which is pretty remarkable.

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  • NSAIDs are called nonsteroidal because they are not steroids.

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  • Indeed, several small studies conducted in 1995 and 1996 have shown that, when used regularly, medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—common treatments such as aspirin, Advil, and Aleve—can keep your follicles from bursting and releasing from your ovary.

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  • For example, they were asked whether they used common painkillers -- also known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs -- including aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen sold as Advil.

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