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[an-tee-in-flam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti ɪnˈflæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌæn taɪ-/
acting to reduce certain signs of inflammation, as swelling, tenderness, fever, and pain.
noun, plural anti-inflammatories.
Pharmacology. a medication, as aspirin, used to reduce inflammation.
Origin of anti-inflammatory
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for anti-inflammatory
  • There is evidence that anthocyanins also have anti-inflammatory activity, promote visual acuity, and hinder obesity and diabetes.
  • Treatment is merely palliative: anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers or both.
  • The payload could be almost anything, such as a painkiller, an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug.
  • Recently a whole group of drugs, anti-inflammatory medicines both old and new, have run into trouble.
  • Doctors could also use the tubes to release other drugs, from anti-inflammatory medications to bone-building agents.
  • anti-inflammatory, protector of astronaut eyes, and excrement of the gods.
  • Pouring salt water on the wound and taking ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs will help dull the pain.
  • It's nowhere near as good an anti-inflammatory as aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Aspirin is an over-the-counter medication which has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • To reduce headache, anti-inflammatory drugs should be used cautiously.
British Dictionary definitions for anti-inflammatory


reducing inflammation
any anti-inflammatory drug, such as cortisone, aspirin, or ibuprofen
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anti-inflammatory in Medicine

anti-inflammatory an·ti-in·flam·ma·to·ry or an·ti·in·flam·ma·to·ry (ān'tē-ĭn-flām'ə-tôr'ē, ān'tī-)
Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.

an'ti-in·flam'ma·to'ry n.
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anti-inflammatory in Science
  (ān'tē-ĭn-flām'ə-tôr'ē, ān'tī-)   
Preventing or reducing inflammation. Aspirin and ibuprofen are anti-inflammatory drugs.
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