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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
aspirin
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
take
▪ She made herself some tea and took some aspirin and paced about the flat.
▪ I took an aspirin and slept until it was light enough in the corridor to find the toilet.
▪ Had to take twenty aspirin a day for ten years the pain was so great.
▪ Other things being equal, taking aspirin will result in higher and longer-lasting blood alcohol levels.
▪ Exercise is not a short-term cure like taking an aspirin to cure a headache.
▪ Many doctors now take an aspirin every other day themselves, as a hedge against heart attacks.
▪ Apply cold compresses and take aspirin or another nonprescription pain reliever if necessary, says KleinSchwartz.
▪ When Grandpa had his heart attack, he took one aspirin and went to bed early.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A couple of cookies are as good as a couple of aspirin.
▪ Any patient who has vascular disease should be on long-term aspirin.
▪ At my house Jasper kept an electric razor, a toothbrush, and he saw to it that I always had aspirin.
▪ Meye etal reported that tight junctions in the canine gastric mucosa were significantly damaged by exposure to aspirin.
▪ On the other hand, aspirin is safer, cheaper and more readily available than most drugs.
▪ So, if you're popping down a daily aspirin, keep the pop music down too.
▪ Still, caffeine is not aspirin.
▪ The proportion receiving aspirin within the first 24 h may be substantially lower.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Aspirin

Aspirin \As"pi*rin\, n. (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 drugs (NSAIDs). 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.

Syn: 2-(acetyloxy)benzoic acid

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
aspirin

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 naturally found, + common chemical ending -in (see -ine (2)). Spiraea (Tournefort, 1700) is from Latinized form of Greek speiraia "meadow-sweet," so called from the shape of its follicles (see spiral (adj.)). 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.\n\nDie 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]

\nThe custom of giving commercial names to 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 would 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.
Wiktionary
aspirin

n. 1 (context uncountable pharmaceutical drug English) An analgesic drug, acetylsalicylic acid. 2 (context countable English) A tablet containing this substance.

WordNet
aspirin

n. the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer and Empirin) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets [syn: acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Empirin]

Wikipedia
Aspirin (TV series)

Aspirin is a Persian-language miniseries produced, directed, and written by Farhad Najafi. The series was produced in Iran by Real Move Entertainment, and premiered on 10 September 2015.

The story is a drama about a doctor who performs a strange experiment on one of his male patients.

Aspirin

Aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), is a medication, often used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Aspirin is also used long-term, at low doses, to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at high risk of developing blood clots. Low doses of aspirin may be given immediately after a heart attack to prevent clotting and reduce the risk of another heart attack or the death of heart tissue. Aspirin may be effective at preventing certain types of cancer, particularly colorectal cancer.

The main side effects of aspirin are gastric ulcers, stomach bleeding, and ringing in the ears, especially with higher doses. While daily aspirin can help prevent a clot-related stroke, it may increase risk of a bleeding stroke (hemorrhagic stroke). In children and adolescents, aspirin is not recommended for flu-like symptoms or viral illnesses, because of the risk of Reye's syndrome.

Aspirin is part of a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but differs from most other NSAIDs in the mechanism of action. The salicylates have similar effects (antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic) to the other NSAIDs and inhibit the same enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), but aspirin does so in an irreversible manner and, unlike others, affects the COX-1 variant more than the COX-2 variant of the enzyme. Aspirin also has an antiplatelet effect by stopping the binding together of platelets.

The therapeutic properties of willow tree bark have been known for at least 2,400 years, with Hippocrates prescribing it for headaches. Salicylic acid, the active ingredient of aspirin, was first isolated from the bark of the willow tree in 1763 by Edward Stone of Wadham College, University of Oxford. Felix Hoffmann, a chemist at Bayer, has been credited with the synthesis of aspirin in 1897, though whether this was of his own initiative or under the direction of Arthur Eichengrün is controversial. Aspirin is one of the most widely used medications in the world with an estimated 40,000 tonnes of it being consumed each year. In countries where "Aspirin" is a registered trademark owned by Bayer, the generic term is acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). It is on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system. As of 2015 the cost for a typical month of medication in the United States is less than US$25.

Usage examples of "aspirin".

Stories had already reached him of Sterkarms wheedling aspirin out of his security guards and, once they had the tablets in their hands, immediately abandoning whatever deal had been agreed.

They knew they could still get aspirin through the official FUP channels.

He took from it two whole packs of aspirin, each containing twenty-four tablets, one for Toorkild and one for Isobel.

Windsor, taking the hint, found two more packs of aspirin in his briefcase and dropped them on the table.

But I know when it was that he came, down here to borrow some aspirin tablets.

I must just pop into the chemists in passing and get some aspirin and some cornplasters.

Minnie whimpered fretfully with the pain of her blisters, and at their first rest stop Sean gave her half an aspirin and a swallow from their one remaining bottle of water.

Devlin rarely took pain medicine, but he pulled some aspirin out of his drawer and took two with a sip of coffee before tossing the bottle into D.

What is the ideal amount of aspirin you should take to decrease arterial aging?

But the evidence that aspirin helps prevent cardiovascular disease just keeps growing: one well-controlled study, for instance, showed that taking aspirin regularly reduced the incidence of heart attack by 44 percent.

Taking 162 milligrams of aspirin a day can have the long-term effect of making you 2.

Just look at the stats: Taking 162 milligrams of aspirin a day can decrease the risk of getting colon cancer by 40 percent, the risk of breast cancer by 40 percent, and the risk of prostate cancer by 40 percent.

Take your aspirin after you drink half a glass of warm water and chase it with another half glass of warm water to promote faster breakup of the tablet.

He bathed Julia and put her in her pajamas, gave her another dose of aspirin, then held her for a while.

She returned with both the cough syrup and the baby aspirin, and knelt beside Brian while he turned Julia in his arms.