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analgesic

an·al·ge·sic

analgesic

pronunciation:
ae nl jhi zihk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: a drug, lotion, or the like that relieves pain.
The nurse applied an analgesic to the affected area.
synonyms:
anodyne, lenitive, painkiller, palliative
antonyms:
irritant
similar words:
anesthetic, aspirin, balm, drug, febrifuge, lotion, ointment, opiate, salve, sedative, soother
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or pertaining to a medication that relieves pain.
There are many brands of analgesic creams.
synonyms:
anodyne, lenitive, palliative
antonyms:
irritant
similar words:
anesthetic, opiate, sedative, soothing
Word Parts
The word analgesic contains the following parts:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.
alg, algo, -algia Greek root that means pain
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.