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analgesic

 [an″al-je´zik]
1. relieving pain.
2. pertaining to analgesia.
3. an agent that relieves pain without causing loss of consciousness.
narcotic analgesic opioid analgesic.
nonsteroidal antiinflammatory analgesic (NSAIA) nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug.
opiate analgesic (opioid analgesic) any of a class of compounds that bind with a number of closely related specific receptors (opioid receptors) in the central nervous system to block the perception of pain or affect the emotional response to pain; such compounds include opium and its derivatives, as well as a number of synthetic compounds, and are used for moderate to severe pain. Chronic administration or abuse may lead to dependence.

an·o·dyne

(an'ō-dīn),
A compound less potent than an anesthetic that is capable of relieving pain.
[G. an- priv. + odynē, pain]

anodyne

(ăn′ə-dīn′)
adj.
1. Capable of soothing or eliminating pain.
2. Relaxing: anodyne novels about country life.
3. Watered-down; insipid: "Many journalists, desperate to escape the anodyne and often absurd publicity releases, were drawn to Bogart's caustic, irreverent and highly quotable outbursts" (Jeffrey Meyers).
n.
1. A medicine, such as aspirin, that relieves pain.
2. A source of soothing comfort.

an·o·dyne

(an'ō-dīn)
A substance that soothes or relieves pain.
[G. an- priv. + odynē, pain]

anodyne

1. Pain-relieving or relaxing.
2. A drug or other agency that relieves pain.

an·o·dyne

(an'ō-dīn)
A compound less potent than an anesthetic that is capable of relieving pain.
[G. an- priv. + odynē, pain]