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[kee-tuh-meen, -min] /ˈki təˌmin, -mɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
a synthetic nonbarbiturate general anesthetic, C 13 H 16 ClNO, used to induce anesthesia, alone or in combination, in surgical or diagnostic procedures of short duration; extensively used in veterinary medicine.
Origin of ketamine
1965-70; ket- + -amine Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ketamine


a drug, chemically related to PCP, that is used in medicine as a general anaesthetic, being administered by injection; cyclohexylamine
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Word Origin and History for ketamine

1966, from keto-, comb. form of ketone, + amine.

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ketamine in Medicine

ketamine ke·ta·mine (kē'tə-mēn')
A general anesthetic given intravenously or intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride that produces catatonia and profound analgesia with little relaxation of the skeletal muscles.

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ketamine in Science
A general anesthetic given intravenously or intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride salt, used especially for minor surgical procedures in which skeletal muscle relaxation is not required.
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