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

  • n. An agent, such as an analgesic drug, that relieves pain.

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  • n. A drug that numbs the pain in the body

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A medicine used in to relieve pain.

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

  • n. a medicine used to relieve pain


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  • •Clemens says: He's never wanted to put anything harmful in his body and was troubled when he heard Vioxx, a painkiller from the pharmaceutical company Merck, may lead to heart attacks and had been taken off the market in 2004.

    Experts evaluate Clemens' recent contentions

  • It's bizarre that the puritans out there are so concerned with "addiction" that they ignore the problems that really might come of long-term painkiller use.

    General news

  • Doctors don't know, for example, whether regular mammograms for women in their forties save lives, and they ignore evidence that Celebrex, a widely prescribed and much ballyhooed prescription painkiller, is no more effective than ibuprofen, which costs one tenth as much.

    Information, Please

  • Experts said that future studies should follow young patients to determine if long-term painkiller use can alter the odds of developing dementia. - Local News

  • Of course, you've got to apply a local short-term painkiller first to deaden the burn from the caspacin, but it seems to do the trick.

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  • JOE JOHNS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Anderson, South Florida has been called the painkiller capital of the U.S.

    CNN Transcript Jul 30, 2009

  • A victory for drug maker Merck in the latest trial over its now recalled painkiller, Vioxx.

    CNN Transcript Mar 27, 2007

  • A jury awarded $50 million to a man who blamed the recalled painkiller for his heart attack.

    CNN Transcript Aug 30, 2006

  • Jurors in Texas say Merck's responsible for the death of a man who took its now-recalled painkiller Vioxx.

    CNN Transcript Aug 19, 2005

  • Peterson sued Merck and its Australian subsidiary, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, arguing the painkiller was the cause of his 2003 heart attack, which left him unable to work.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter


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  • "There were six women around him. Every man's dream, but he could no longer feel his body. Everyone was wearing green surgical gowns; all of them, except the African, were wearing masks.

    'We're going to give you a painkiller,' she said.

    'I'm an artist,' he said. 'I want to feel my nerves flutter.'"

    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 19, 2008