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laughing gas

Origin of laughing gas
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On one occasion a company of young men went to Dr. Long's office and asked him to make them a supply of "laughing gas."

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • The most familiar example of this occurs at the beginning of the inhalation of laughing gas.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • He experimented with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for ten months until he had thoroughly learned its intoxicating effects.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • In 1800 Sir Humphry Davy experimented with nitrous oxide gas, called "laughing gas," and discovered its anæsthetic qualities.

  • You would have supposed, indeed, that the troops were under the effect of champagne or laughing gas.

  • In 1844, the use of nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) as an ansthetic was introduced by Dr. Wells.

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • Carbon burned in protoxide of nitrogen, or laughing gas, N2O, produces about 38 per cent.

  • Nitrous oxid, or "laughing gas," was first used in labor cases in 1880 by a Russian physician.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
British Dictionary definitions for laughing gas

laughing gas

another name for nitrous oxide
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laughing gas in Medicine

laughing gas laugh·ing gas (lāf'ĭng)
Nitrous oxide, especially as used as an anesthetic.

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laughing gas in Science
laughing gas
Nitrous oxide used as a mild anesthetic.
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