aspirin


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  1. Pharmacology. a white, crystalline substance, C9H8O4, derivative of salicylic acid, used as an anti-inflammatory agent and to relieve the pain of headache, rheumatism, gout, neuralgia, etc.; acetylsalicylic acid.
  2. an aspirin tablet: I took two aspirin and went right to bed.

noun plural -rin or -rins

  1. a white crystalline compound widely used in the form of tablets to relieve pain and fever, to reduce inflammation, and to prevent strokes. Formula: CH 3 COOC 6 H 4 COOHChemical name: acetylsalicylic acid
  2. a tablet of aspirin
n.

coined 1899 by German chemist Heinrich Dreser (1860-1924) in German as a trademark name, from Latin Spiraea (ulmaria) “meadow-sweet,” the plant in whose flowers or leaves the processed acid in the medicine is found naturally, + common chemical ending -in (see -ine (2)). The initial -a- is to acknowledge acetylation; Dreser said the word was a contraction of acetylierte spirsäure, the German name of the acid, which now is obsolete, replaced by salicylic acid.

Die Bezeichnung Aspirin ist abgeleitet aus “Spirsäure” — alter Name der Salicylsäure und A = Acetyl; statt” Acetylirte Spirsäure, kurzweg “Aspirin”. [H, Dreser, “Pharmakologisches über Aspirin (Acetylsalicylsäure),” in “Archiv für die Gesammte Physiologie des Menschen und der Thiere,” 1899, p.307]

Commercial names for medicinal products began in Germany in the late 19th century, when nascent pharmaceutical firms were discovering medical uses for common, easily made chemicals. To discourage competitors they’d market the substance under a short trademarked name a doctor could remember, rather than the long chemical compound word. German law required prescriptions to be filled exactly as written.

n.

  1. A white, crystalline compound derived from salicylic acid and commonly used to relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation. It is also used as an antiplatelet agent.acetylsalicylic acid

  1. A white crystalline compound derived from salicylic acid and used in medicine to relieve fever and pain and as an anticoagulant. Also called acetylsalicylic acid. Chemical formula: C9H8O4.
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