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noun. Narcotics or other substances that relieve pain. Numbing agents are generally categorized as being narcotic or non-narcotic, dependent upon their make-up and likelihood of misuse or abuse. Narcotics usually work best at alleviating pain. NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are the most commonly used non-narcotic drug.

ANALGESICS: "Analgesis such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen are common household names."

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