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general anesthetic

general anesthetic in Medicine

general anesthetic n.
An agent that produces loss of sensation and loss of consciousness.

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general anesthetic in Culture

general anesthetic definition


An anesthetic that affects the entire body. This kind of anesthetic acts on the brain to cause loss of consciousness. (Compare local anesthetic.)

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