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ketamine

[kee-tuh-meen, -min]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. 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.
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Origin of ketamine

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

noun
  1. 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

n.

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

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ketamine in Medicine

ketamine

(kētə-mēn′)
n.
  1. 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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ketamine in Science

ketamine

[kētə-mēn′]
  1. 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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