- 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.
Origin of anesthetic
Examples from the Web for anaesthetics
With anaesthetics this state of things at any rate was changed.
The operation has been rendered painless by the use of anaesthetics.
We did not know its value as an anodyne, for we had no need of anaesthetics of any kind.I Walked in Arden
The man was too far gone, indeed, to justify the use of anaesthetics, yet without them Dick feared to proceed.The Adventures of Dick Maitland
It was before the days of anaesthetics, which relieve all of these inconveniences, and above all, relax the muscles.Health Through Will Power
James J. Walsh
- (functioning as singular) the science, study, and practice of anaesthesia and its applicationUS name: anesthesiology
- the usual US spelling of anaesthetic
- 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 and History for anaesthetics
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.
- 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.
- A drug that temporarily depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation with or without the loss of consciousness.