anti-inflammatory

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anti-inflammatory (anti-in-flam-ă-tŏ-ri)
1. adj. describing a drug that reduces inflammation. The various groups of anti-inflammatory drugs act against one or more of the mediators that initiate or maintain inflammation. They include antihistamines, the glucocorticoids (see corticosteroid), and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (see NSAID).

2. n. an anti-inflammatory drug.

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an·ti-in·flam·ma·to·ry / ˌantēinˈflaməˌtôrē; ˌantī-/ • adj. (chiefly of a drug) used to reduce inflammation. • n. (pl. -ries) an anti-inflammatory drug.