(Science: chemical) A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent that is less effective than equal doses of aspirin in relieving pain and reducing fever. However, individuals who are hypersensitive to aspirin may tolerate sodium salicylate. In general, this salicylate produces the same adverse reactions as aspirin, but there is less occult gastrointestinal bleeding.
Pharmacological action: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, cyclooxygenase inhibitors.
Chemical name: benzoic acid, 2-hydroxy-, monosodium salt