[ si-dey-shuh n ]
/ sɪˈdeɪ ʃən /

noun Medicine/Medical.

the calming of mental excitement or abatement of physiological function, especially by the administration of a drug.
the state so induced.

Words nearby sedation

Origin of sedation

1535–45; < Latin sēdātiōn- (stem of sēdātiō), equivalent to sēdāt(us) (see sedate) + -iōn- -ion


o·ver·se·da·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sedation

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  • Tonight he slept of weariness and exhaustion, not of the sedation given last night.

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  • The doctor had continually attempted to get her to take some form of sedation.

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British Dictionary definitions for sedation

/ (sɪˈdeɪʃən) /


a state of calm or reduced nervous activity
the administration of a sedative
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Medicine definitions for sedation

[ sĭ-dāshən ]


Reduction of anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement by administration of a sedative agent or drug.
The state or condition induced by a sedative.
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