- a substance that produces anesthesia, as halothane, procaine, or ether.
- pertaining to or causing physical insensibility: an anesthetic gas.
- physically insensitive: Halothane is used to produce an anesthetic state.
Origin of anesthetic
Examples from the Web for anaesthetic
It is a good thing that we did not have to use an anaesthetic.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
I must have talked in an odd way, as people do who are recovering from an anaesthetic.The Good Soldier
Ford Madox Ford
The arm was badly broken, too badly to be set without an anaesthetic.Red Pepper Burns
Grace S. Richmond
The doctor showed Arlie how to administer the anaesthetic after he had washed the wound.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
The return to reality was as painful as the return to consciousness after taking an anaesthetic.Ethan Frome
- a substance that causes anaesthesia
- causing or characterized by anaesthesia
- the usual US spelling of anaesthetic
- local or general loss of bodily sensation, esp of touch, as the result of nerve damage or other abnormality
- loss of sensation, esp of pain, induced by drugs: called general anaesthesia when consciousness is lost and local anaesthesia when only a specific area of the body is involved
- a general dullness or lack of feeling
Word Origin and History for anaesthetic
1846, "insensible," from Greek anaisthetos "insensate, without feeling; senseless, stupid" (see anaesthesia). Noun meaning "agent that produces anesthesia" first used in modern sense 1848 by Scottish doctor James Young Simpson (1811-1870), discoverer of the surgical uses of chloroform.
1721, "loss of feeling," Modern Latin, from Greek anaisthesia "want of feeling, lack of sensation (to pleasure or pain)," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + aisthesis "feeling," from PIE root *au- "to perceive" (see audience). As "a procedure for the prevention of pain in surgical operations," from 1846.
- An agent that reversibly depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation.
- Characterized by the loss of sensation.
- Capable of producing a loss of sensation.
- Associated with or due to the state of anesthesia.
- A drug that temporarily depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation with or without the loss of consciousness.