anesthetic or an·aes·thet·ic noun a substance that produces anesthesia, as halothane, procaine, or ether. adjective pertaining to or causing physical insensibility: an anesthetic gas. physically insensitive: Halothane is used to produce an anesthetic state. Origin of anesthetic 1840–50, Americanism
) without feeling, senseless +
aesthetic Related forms an·es·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb non·an·es·thet·ic, adjective, noun post·an·es·thet·ic, adjective sem·i·an·es·thet·ic, adjective noun . Medicine/Medical, Pathology Related forms an·aes·thet·ic , [an- uh s- thet-ik] /ˌæn əsˈθɛt ɪk/ adjective, noun an·aes·the·tist , [ uh- nes-thi-tist , or, esp. British uh- nees-] /əˈnɛs θɪ tɪst , əˈnis-/ or, esp. British noun sem·i·an·aes·thet·ic, adjective
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The arm was badly broken, too badly to be set without an
The doctor showed Arlie how to administer the
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anaesthetic. British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetic noun a substance that causes anaesthesia adjective causing or characterized by anaesthesia noun 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 for anaesthesia
C19: from New Latin, from Greek
anaisthēsia absence of sensation, from an- + aisthēsis feeling
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Word Origin and History for anaesthetic adj.
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. n.
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.
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anesthetic [ăn′ĭs-thĕt ′ĭk] n. An agent that reversibly depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation. adj. Characterized by the loss of sensation. Capable of producing a loss of sensation. Associated with or due to the state of anesthesia. Related forms an′es•thet ′i•cal•ly adv.
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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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anesthetic [(an-is- thet-ik)]
A substance that causes loss of sensation or consciousness. With the aid of an anesthetic, people can undergo surgery without pain. (
See general anesthetic and local anesthetic.)
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