noun . Medicine/Medical, Pathology RELATED WORDS analgesic
spinal 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 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
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Examples from the Web for anaesthetics Historical Examples of anaesthetics
anaesthetics this state of things at any rate was changed.
The operation has been rendered painless by the use of
We did not know its value as an anodyne, for we had no need of
anaesthetics of any kind.
The man was too far gone, indeed, to justify the use of
anaesthetics, yet without them Dick feared to proceed.
It was before the days of
anaesthetics, which relieve all of these inconveniences, and above all, relax the muscles. British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetics noun (functioning as singular) the science, study, and practice of anaesthesia and its application US name: anesthesiology 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 anaesthetics 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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Medicine definitions for anaesthetics 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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Science definitions for anaesthetics 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 anaesthetics 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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