- 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
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Examples from the Web for anesthetic
And I have to have whiskey because alcohol is both an antiseptic and an anesthetic.My Reverse-Cyrano Moment Wooing the Supreme Court
P. J. O’Rourke
March 30, 2014
One last question: how did The Times obtain that data on Iranian anesthetic stockpiles?Take Responsibility for Your Actions, Iran!
November 21, 2012
Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, gives one an exhilarating feeling while operating as an anesthetic.Gina Gershon’s Trip to Heaven in the Dentist’s Chair
October 23, 2012
But did Murray provide Jackson with a dangerous level of anesthetic that caused his death?The Year in Michael Jackson
The Daily Beast Video
June 23, 2010
Before relief could be administered in the shape of an anesthetic he was dead.Jennie Gerhardt
After the use of this anesthetic, primary union is not usual.
Used in podiatry, as an antiseptic, as a disinfectant and as an anesthetic.
But before she goes under the anesthetic she wants to see you.The Mystery at Dark Cedars
Give plenty of anesthetic, just as if he seemed fully conscious.Cursed
George Allan England
- the usual US spelling of anaesthetic
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Word Origin and History for anesthetic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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- A drug that temporarily depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation with or without the loss of consciousness.
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