• WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first drug to be sold in the form of a tablet is Aspirin
    • n Aspirin (Pharm) A white crystalline compound, acetyl salicylic acid (CH3.CO.O.C6H4.CO.OH) widely used as a drug for relief of pain and alleviation of fever. It has analgesic, antipyretic, and antiinflammatory properties, and is one of a class of agents called non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugsNSAIDs). The name was originally a trade name, but has become the preferred name for the substance. It is actually a prodrug, liberating salicylic acid, the ultimate pharmacologically active agent, in the intestines. It is more effective when taken orally than is salicylic acid, because it dissolves more readily.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1897, Bayer, who is the makers of Aspirin, once marketed the drug heroin
    • n aspirin A white crystalline compound, obtained by the action of acetic anhydrid or acetyl chlorid on salicylic acid; acetylsalicylic acid. It is used in the treatment of chorea.
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  • John Barrymore
    “America is the country where you can buy a lifetime supply of aspirin For one dollar and use it up in two weeks.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.”


In literature:

He did not for a moment believe the aspirin story.
"The Pit Prop Syndicate" by Freeman Wills Crofts
Let's take some items such as aspirin.
"Subversive" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Aspirin doesn't seem to help, and I can't get any sleep.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Doctor Powell gave me some aspirin and it cured it.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
And bring me some aspirin when you come back.
"Master of None" by Lloyd Neil Goble
Besides, she telephoned to me to get some aspirin.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
She hurried through her bath and was partly dressed when Marjorie returned with a little bottle of aspirin tablets.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
In rheumatic cases, salicin, aspirin, and salicylate of soda are indicated.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Splendid, then I shan't have to offer you an aspirin.
"I'll Leave It To You" by Noel Coward
It's not a painkiller in the usual sense, like aspirin.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
She had a headache, she said, and would take some aspirin.
"The Brightener" by C. N. Williamson
Powdered aspirin, perhaps, or whatnot.
"The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel" by Mary E. Hanshew
I've been handing out tranquilizers like aspirin all day.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Maybe you can give her some aspirin or something.
"Four and Twenty Beds" by Nancy Vogel
She had taken two aspirin tablets because her head ached, and really one is enough.
"Non-combatants and Others" by Rose Macaulay
His ain't a business that offers an aspirin' feller much advancement.
"Carolyn of the Corners" by Ruth Belmore Endicott
Presently little Mrs. Bullivant came upstairs with a cup of tea and the aspirin, both of which she administered to the patient.
"The War-Workers" by E.M. Delafield
Why don't you take a little aspirin?
"Caesar's Wife" by William Somerset Maugham
I've been indulging in spiritual aspirin.
"Sylvia & Michael" by Compton Mackenzie
Let me see, you said something in this letter about aspirin.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson

In poetry:

Who will forgive me for the things I do?
To have your reasonable hurt to belong to
Might ease my trouble like liquor or aspirin.
I think it would be better to be a Jew.
"My Friend, My Friend" by Anne Sexton
After this secret flirtation, in Oslo
We came out barren…
They granted us a homeland smaller than a grain of wheat…
A homeland we swallow without water
Like pills of aspirin!!…
"The Hasteners" by Nizar Qabbani

In news:

Aspirin may help treat certain colon cancers.
Coated aspirin may lose some of its cardiovascular benefits because it takes longer for the drug to dissolve into the bloodstream, a new study suggested.
Coated Aspirin May Lose Heart Benefits.
Study Raises Questions on Coating of Aspirin.
Aspirin may help older colon cancer patients live longer, a new study finds.
More than 100 were prescribed daily low-dose "baby" aspirin for heart protection after their cancer diagnosis.
Aspirin, one of the world's oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that's thought to play a role in the disease.
Aspirin may be big help against some colon cancer , major study shows.
NEW YORK Aspirin, one of the world's oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that's thought to play a role in the disease.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aspirin, one of the world's oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that's thought to play a role in the disease.
Aspirin could help treat colon cancer , study shows.
A 2006 file photo of generic Aspirin.
Following that result, Ogino and his colleagues tried to see whether genetic testing could pluck out a subset of colorectal cancer patients most likely to benefit from aspirin.
Aspirin shows promise for some colon cancer patients.
Among patients with the mutations, those who regularly took aspirin lived longer than those who didn't, a major study found.

In science:

Candelario-Jalil E., Akundi R. S., Bhatia H. S., Lieb K., Appel K., Munoz E., Hull M. and Fiebich B. L. (2006) Ascorbic acid enhances the inhibitory effect of aspirin on neuronal cyclooxygenase-2-mediated prostaglandin E(2) production. J.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats