anesthetic

adjective
an·​es·​thet·​ic | \ ˌa-nəs-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce anesthetic (audio) \

Definition of anesthetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or capable of producing anesthesia
2 : lacking awareness or sensitivity was anesthetic to their feelings

anesthetic

noun

Definition of anesthetic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a substance that produces anesthesia
2 : something that brings relief : palliative

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Other Words from anesthetic

Adjective

anesthetically \ ˌa-​nəs-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anesthetic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for anesthetic

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of anesthetic in a Sentence

Noun The doctor gave him the stitches without an anesthetic. the dentist waited until the anesthetic took effect
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jackson, who died from an overdose of the anesthetic Propofol in 2009 at age 50, bought the property in Los Olivos, about 120 miles north of Los Angeles, in 1988 for $19.5 million. NBC News, "Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch sold for $22 million," 24 Dec. 2020 Sally Gilbert, an anesthetic technician who has been working on the coronavirus ward at a hospital in Hull, in northeast England, said she was relieved to hear of a vaccine being authorized. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "U.K. and U.S. Officials Spar Over ‘Vaccine Nationalism’," 3 Dec. 2020 Ketamine, an anesthetic and party drug that can have hallucinogenic effects, is now being used to treat depression in the US—and there’s some evidence that the trip could provide part of the benefit. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "Oregon just voted to legalize magic mushrooms. Here’s what that actually means.," 5 Nov. 2020 After his death in 2009 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, Paris and her two brothers — who go by Prince, 23, and Bigi, 18 — went to live with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Paris Jackson's debut single 'Let Down,' out now, was inspired by her recent breakup," 30 Oct. 2020 The idea is that the protein could provide an anesthetic effect as SARS-CoV-2 begins to infect a person, which might allow the virus to spread more easily. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, "What We Know So Far about How COVID Affects the Nervous System," 22 Oct. 2020 Medicines sourced by the NHS account for a fifth of its total emissions, with the largest portion coming from inhalers and anesthetic gases. Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg.com, "U.K.’s Health System Aims to Be World’s First with Net-Zero Emissions," 5 Oct. 2020 Gigler had to research how to remove Riptide's maggot infestation, which involved wrapping the dog's belly in plastic, pumping in an anesthetic gas to sedate the insects and them hosing them off with water. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Animal aid groups help give local dogs a new lease on life," 20 Aug. 2020 Fentanyl was first developed in 1960 as a powerful painkiller and surgery anesthetic without the side effect of nausea. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Spike in fentanyl-related overdose deaths prompts warning," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 23-year-old Black man died in August 2019 after paramedics administered the powerful anesthetic during a confrontation with police. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Colorado officials resume review of ketamine program after Elijah McClain's death," 16 Jan. 2021 What’s a euphemism for the drop-of-wine anesthetic at a bris? Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1420: Singing on the job," 21 Jan. 2021 The doctors gave the man some antibiotic eye drops and a local anesthetic before pulling the stinger out. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s what happens when a bee stings you directly in your eyeball," 4 Dec. 2020 Carrying water pistols charged with a powerful anesthetic, four others had pushed their way into the crowd and were methodically laying out, squirt by squirt, the more ferocious of the fighters. Jack Butler, National Review, "Orwell, Huxley, and Us," 25 Oct. 2020 In medicine, ketamine is used as an anesthetic or an anti-depressant, but as a recreational drug it is used to induce dreamy or trance-like sensations, and sometimes hallucinations. Reuters, CNN, "Thailand's $1 billion ketamine bust a 'misunderstanding' as officials fail to find drugs," 24 Nov. 2020 Some were deliberately infected with pathogens like plague and then vivisected without anesthetic to study the results. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "A Famed Horror Director Mines Japan’s Real-Life Atrocities," 10 Oct. 2020 According to the arrest warrant, an autopsy showed Seegan had Etomidate in his system, a drug that is used as a general anesthetic. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Allen brewery owner arrested on murder charge in Carrollton, a week after arrest in alleged Ponzi scheme," 18 Nov. 2020 Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that is allowed, but requires at 72-hour withdrawal time. Arkansas Online, "Another horse in Baffert's stable draws a positive test," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of anesthetic

Adjective

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anesthetic was in 1823

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“Anesthetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anesthetic. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for anesthetic

anesthetic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anesthetic

medical : a drug that causes a person to lose feeling and to feel no pain in part or all of the body

anesthetic

adjective
an·​es·​thet·​ic | \ ˌa-nəs-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce anesthetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of anesthetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or capable of producing loss of feeling in all or part of the body an anesthetic cream

anesthetic

noun

Kids Definition of anesthetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that produces loss of feeling in all or part of the body

anesthetic

adjective
an·​es·​thet·​ic
variants: or chiefly British anaesthetic \ ˌan-​əs-​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce anesthetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of anesthetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : capable of producing anesthesia anesthetic agents
2 : of, relating to, or caused by anesthesia an anesthetic effect anesthetic symptoms

Other Words from anesthetic

anesthetically or chiefly British anaesthetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anesthetic (audio) \ adverb

anesthetic

noun
variants: or chiefly British anaesthetic

Medical Definition of anesthetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that produces anesthesia

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