Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A medicine used in to relieve pain.

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  • noun A drug that numbs the pain in the body

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  • noun a medicine used to relieve pain

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Examples

  • •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

  • 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.

    TurnTo23.com - Local News

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

    TurnTo23.com - 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.

    The Money Times - finance news, lifestyle, markets, investment, personal finance, banking, retirement planning

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

    CNN Transcript Jul 30, 2009

  • 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

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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