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premedication

/ (ˌpriːmɛdɪˈkeɪʃən) /
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noun
surgery any drugs administered to sedate and otherwise prepare a patient for general anaesthesia
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Medical definitions for premedication

premedication
[ prē′mĕd-ĭ-kāshən ]

n.
Administration of drugs prior to anesthesia to allay apprehension, produce sedation, and facilitate the administration of anesthesia to the patient.
A drug or drugs used for such purposes.
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