ketamine

[ kee-tuh-meen, -min ]
/ ˈki təˌmin, -mɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.

a synthetic nonbarbiturate general anesthetic, C13H16ClNO, used to induce anesthesia, alone or in combination, in surgical or diagnostic procedures of short duration; extensively used in veterinary medicine.

Nearby words

  1. kestrel,
  2. keswick,
  3. ket,
  4. ket-,
  5. keta,
  6. ketch,
  7. ketch-rigged,
  8. ketchikan,
  9. ketchup,
  10. kete

Origin of ketamine

First recorded in 1965–70; ket- + -amine

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British Dictionary definitions for ketamine

ketamine

/ (ˈkɛtəmiːn) /

noun

a drug, chemically related to PCP, that is used in medicine as a general anaesthetic, being administered by injection; cyclohexylamine
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Word Origin and History for ketamine

ketamine

n.

1966, from keto-, comb. form of ketone, + amine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ketamine

ketamine

[ kētə-mēn′ ]

n.

A general anesthetic given intravenously or intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride that produces catatonia and profound analgesia with little relaxation of the skeletal muscles.

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Science definitions for ketamine

ketamine

[ kētə-mēn′ ]

A general anesthetic given intravenously or intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride salt, used especially for minor surgical procedures in which skeletal muscle relaxation is not required.
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