[ an-uh s-thee-zhuh ]
/ ˌæn əsˈθi ʒə /
noun Medicine/Medical, Pathology.
, anaerobic digestion
, anaerobic respiration
, anaesthetic awareness
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
Definition for anaesthetics (2 of 2)
[ 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.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetics (1 of 3)
(functioning as singular) the science, study, and practice of anaesthesia and its applicationUS name: anesthesiology
British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetics (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetics (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 anaesthetics
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 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
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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