preanesthetic

preanesthetic

[pree-an-uhs-thet-ik, pree-an-]
noun
1.
a substance that produces a preliminary or light anesthesia.
adjective
2.
given prior to an anesthetic that induces total insensibility.

Origin:
1890–95; pre- + anesthetic

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preanesthetic pre·an·es·thet·ic (prē'ān-ĭs-thět'ĭk)
adj.
Before anesthesia.

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