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premedication (ˌpriːmɛdɪˈkeɪʃən)
surgery any drugs administered to sedate and otherwise prepare a patient for general anaesthesia

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premedication pre·med·i·ca·tion (prē'měd-ĭ-kā'shən)

  1. Administration of drugs prior to anesthesia to allay apprehension, produce sedation, and facilitate the administration of anesthesia to the patient.

  2. A drug or drugs used for such purposes.

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