acetaminophen

[uh-see-tuh-min-uh-fuhn, as-i-tuh-]
noun Pharmacology.
a crystalline substance, C 8 H 9 NO 2 , used as a headache and pain reliever and to reduce fever.

Origin:
1955–60; acet- + amino- + phen(ol)

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acetaminophen
U.S. name for "para-acetylaminophenol," 1960, Amer.Eng., composed of syllables from the chemical name; in Britain, the same substance is paracetamol.
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acetaminophen a·cet·a·min·o·phen (ə-sē'tə-mĭn'ə-fən, ās'ə-)
n.
A crystalline compound used in chemical synthesis and in medicine to relieve pain and reduce fevers.

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acetaminophen   (ə-sē'tə-mĭn'ə-fən, ās'ə-)  Pronunciation Key 
A crystalline compound used in medicine to relieve pain and reduce fever. Chemical formula: C8H9NO2.
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Aspirin may irritate the stomach and alcohol can amplify the toxic effects of
  acetaminophen on the liver.
There are preliminary studies that are beginning to link acetaminophen use with
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These can often be controlled by taking acetaminophen before or after
  vaccination.
There's no harm in treating a true fever with over-the-counter acetaminophen or
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