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anesthetic

or anaesthetic

[an-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌæn əsˈθɛt ɪk/
noun
1.
a substance that produces anesthesia, as halothane, procaine, or ether.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or causing physical insensibility:
an anesthetic gas.
3.
physically insensitive:
Halothane is used to produce an anesthetic state.
Origin of anesthetic
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; < Greek anaísthēt(os) without feeling, senseless + -ic; see an-1, aesthetic
Related forms
anesthetically, adverb
nonanesthetic, adjective, noun
postanesthetic, adjective
semianesthetic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anesthetic
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  • The instruments should be prepared and ready before the anesthetic is given, regardless of the form of anesthesia employed.

  • But before she goes under the anesthetic she wants to see you.

  • Tropacocaine may replace cocaine in every case as an anesthetic.

    Merck's 1899 Manual Merck & Co.
  • The stomach must be empty before administering the anesthetic.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • The finding of the matches was like an anesthetic to the agony of the clamp on his leg.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • Before the Operation the patient must be made ready to take the anesthetic.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
British Dictionary definitions for anesthetic

anesthetic

/ˌænɪsˈθɛtɪk/
noun, adjective
1.
the usual US spelling of anaesthetic
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Word Origin and History for anesthetic
adj.

alternative spelling of anaesthetic (q.v.). See ae.

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anesthetic in Medicine

anesthetic an·es·thet·ic (ān'ĭs-thět'ĭk)
n.
An agent that reversibly depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation. adj.

  1. Characterized by the loss of sensation.

  2. Capable of producing a loss of sensation.

  3. Associated with or due to the state of anesthesia.


an'es·thet'i·cal·ly adv.
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anesthetic in Science
anesthetic
  (ān'ĭs-thět'ĭk)   
A drug that temporarily depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation with or without the loss of consciousness.
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anesthetic in Culture
anesthetic [(an-is-thet-ik)]

A substance that causes loss of sensation or consciousness. With the aid of an anesthetic, people can undergo surgery without pain. (See general anesthetic and local anesthetic.)

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