general anesthetic n.
An agent that produces loss of sensation and loss of consciousness.
When the doctor offered him a general anesthetic, he flatly refused.
ECT is administered after a patient has been sedated and given a general anesthetic.
Mrs. Brinkley administers the local anesthetic, or the general anesthetic, if that is called for, as it sometimes is.
She is always given a general anesthetic, and the removal is painless at least, if fatal.