premedication

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premedication in Medicine

premedication

[prē′mĕd-ĭ-kāshən]
n.
  1. Administration of drugs prior to anesthesia to allay apprehension, produce sedation, and facilitate the administration of anesthesia to the patient.
  2. A drug or drugs used for such purposes.
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