premedication

/ (ˌpriːmɛdɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

surgery any drugs administered to sedate and otherwise prepare a patient for general anaesthesia

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Medicine 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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