[ an-uh s-thet-ik ]
/ ˌæn əsˈθɛt ɪk /
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.
, anesthesia record
, anesthetic depth
, anesthetic leprosy
Origin of anesthetic
; < Greek anaísthēt(os
) without feeling, senseless + -ic
; see an-1
Related formsan·es·thet·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·an·es·thet·ic, adjective, nounpost·an·es·thet·ic, adjectivesem·i·an·es·thet·ic, adjective
Definition for anaesthetic (2 of 2)
[ an-uh s-thee-zhuh ]
/ ˌæn əsˈθi ʒə /
noun Medicine/Medical, Pathology.
Related formsan·aes·thet·ic [an-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌæn əsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective, nounan·aes·the·tist [uh-nes-thi-tist or, esp. British, uh-nees-] /əˈnɛs θɪ tɪst or, esp. British, əˈnis-/, nounsem·i·an·aes·thet·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anaesthetic
I have already drawn your attention to the anaesthetic properties of the lycoperdon, or common puff-ball.
He replied that he would be ready for the operation at the time suggested, but that he would not take an anaesthetic.
In anaesthetic or only slightly libidinous women, such misuse will not carry such consequences.
The involuntary start that shook the pine cone from his hand freed Phil's nostrils of the anaesthetic.
British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetic (1 of 3)
a substance that causes anaesthesia
causing or characterized by anaesthesia
British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetic (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetic (3 of 3)
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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Medicine definitions for anaesthetic
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.
Related formsan′es•thet′i•cal•ly adv.
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Science definitions for anaesthetic
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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Culture definitions for anaesthetic
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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