local anesthetic

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local anesthetic n.
An agent that, when applied directly to mucous membranes or when injected about the nerves, produces loss of sensation by inhibiting nerve excitation or conduction.

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local anesthetic definition


An anesthetic that causes loss of sensation only to the area to which it is applied. (Compare general anesthetic.)

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