sedation

[si-dey-shuh n]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. the calming of mental excitement or abatement of physiological function, especially by the administration of a drug.
  2. the state so induced.

Origin of sedation

1535–45; < Latin sēdātiōn- (stem of sēdātiō), equivalent to sēdāt(us) (see sedate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formso·ver·se·da·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sedation

sedation

noun
  1. a state of calm or reduced nervous activity
  2. the administration of a sedative
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Word Origin and History for sedation
n.

early 15c., "alleviation of pain;" 1540s, "act of making calm," from Middle French sédation and directly from Latin sedationem (nominative sedatio) "a quieting, assuaging, a calming," noun of action from past participle stem of sedare (see sedate (adj.)).

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sedation in Medicine

sedation

[sĭ-dāshən]
n.
  1. Reduction of anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement by administration of a sedative agent or drug.
  2. The state or condition induced by a sedative.
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