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anesthetic

adjective an·es·thet·ic \ ˌa-nəs-ˈthe-tik \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of anesthetic

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

anesthetically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Recent Examples of anesthetic from the Web

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First Known Use of anesthetic

1823

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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anesthetic

noun

Definition of anesthetic

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

Examples of anesthetic in a Sentence

  1. The doctor gave him the stitches without an anesthetic.

  2. the dentist waited until the anesthetic took effect

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First Known Use of anesthetic

1845

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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anesthetic Synonyms

Synonyms

analgesic, painkiller;


ANESTHETIC Defined for English Language Learners

anesthetic

Definition of anesthetic for English Language Learners

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


ANESTHETIC Defined for Kids

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anesthetic

adjective an·es·thet·ic \ ˌa-nəs-ˈthe-tik \

Definition of anesthetic for Students

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

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anesthetic

noun

Definition of anesthetic for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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anesthetic

adjective an·es·thet·ic
variants: or chiefly British anaesthetic play \ˌan-əs-ˈthet-ik\

medical Definition of anesthetic

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

anesthetically

or chiefly British anaesthetically play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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anesthetic

noun
variants: or chiefly British anaesthetic

medical Definition of anesthetic

: a substance that produces anesthesia


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