When your back is killing you from helping your friend move furniture into his new apartment, you need to take an anodyne, a painkiller.

An anodyne doesn’t have to be actual medicine. If the pure joy of helping your friend is soothing enough to make you forget your aching back, that counts as an anodyne too (though perhaps an unlikely one). Anodyne can also be used as an adjective to describe something that relieves pain, or is at least inoffensive. When you’re stressed out or unhappy, try looking at anodyne pictures of kittens. Er, unless you had a bad experience with a cat once.

Definitions of anodyne
  1. adjective

    capable of relieving pain

    anodyne properties of certain drugs”
    analgesic, analgetic


    lessening in intensity or strength
  2. noun

    a medicine used to relieve pain

    analgesic, pain pill, painkiller
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    Anacin III, Datril, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, Tylenol, acetaminophen

    an analgesic for mild pain but not for inflammation; also used as an antipyretic; (Datril, Tylenol, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, and Anacin III are trademarks of brands of acetaminophen tablets)
    acetanilid, acetanilide, phenylacetamide

    a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
    acetophenetidin, acetphenetidin, phenacetin

    a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
    amidopyrine, aminopyrine

    a white crystalline substance used as an analgesic and antipyretic
    Bayer, Empirin, St. Joseph, acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin

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

    derivative of opium; used as an antitussive (to relieve coughing) and an analgesic (to relieve pain)

    an analgesic drug derived from the saffron plant and used to treat gout
    Fentanyl, Sublimaze

    trade names of a narcotic analgesic that can be inhaled and that acts on the central nervous system and may become addictive; used as a veterinary anesthetic and with other drugs before, during, and after surgery; also used as a nonlethal gas to incapacitate people in hostage situations; also abused as a recreational drug
    Dilaudid, hydromorphone, hydromorphone hydrochloride

    a narcotic analgesic (trade name Dilaudid) used to treat moderate to severe pain
    morphia, morphine

    an alkaloid narcotic drug extracted from opium; a powerful, habit-forming narcotic used to relieve pain
    Talwin, pentazocine

    analgesic drug (trade name Talwin) that is less addictive than morphine
    Pyridium, phenazopyridine

    analgesic (trade name Pyridium) used to treat urinary tract infections
    Darvon, propoxyphene, propoxyphene hydrochloride

    a mildly narcotic analgesic drug (trade name Darvon) related to methadone but less addictive
    sodium salicylate

    a crystalline salt used as an analgesic and antipyretic

    a morphine derivative that is not as strong as morphine; used as an emetic and in small doses as a sedative
    aspirin powder, headache powder

    a powdered form of aspirin
    Bufferin, buffered aspirin

    aspirin coated with a substance capable of neutralizing acid (trade name Bufferin)
    enteric-coated aspirin

    aspirin that is treated to pass through the stomach unaltered and to dissolve in the intestines
    type of:

    medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine

    (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

  3. adjective

    not causing disapproval

    innocuous, unobjectionable


    giving no offense

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