anesthetic

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adjective

an·​es·​thet·​ic ˌa-nəs-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce anesthetic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or capable of producing anesthesia
2
: lacking awareness or sensitivity
was anesthetic to their feelings
anesthetically adverb

anesthetic

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noun

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

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
So far, Chiller said, the authorities there are skeptical that the source of the infection is the anesthetic medicine itself. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 June 2023 Matthew Perry died from the acute effects of the anesthetic ketamine, according to an autopsy released Friday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023 The rest received either salt water or the drug midazolam, a benzodiazepine like Xanax that is also used as an anesthetic agent. C. Michael White, The Conversation, 8 Nov. 2023 In 2019, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made non-opioid options a separate payment for Medicare patients treated at ambulatory surgery centers, there was a 120% increase in the use of the anesthetic Exparel in the centers over the course of a year, Fox said. Angela Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 11 Sep. 2023 One straightforward theory is that ketamine has anesthetic and sedative properties — the perfect treatment for withdrawal. Lev Facher, STAT, 8 May 2023 These brain waves and the feelings of dissociation resemble those created by the anesthetic drug ketamine, says Patrick Purdon, an anesthesia researcher at Harvard Medical School, to NPR. Victoria Sayo Turner, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 July 2023 While some might debate over whether an anesthetic counts as a psychedelic, its hallucinogenic properties are similar enough to psychedelic treatments to be considered in the same category. Theara Coleman, The Week, 27 June 2023 The medication is typically used to help patients relax before they are administered anesthetic agents. Lauren Gill, ProPublica, 29 Apr. 2023
Noun
These include essentials like lidocaine injections, local anesthetic needed for surgery and even for simpler procedures like stitches. Jen Christensen, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 Although the off-label use of ketamine hydrochloride, a Schedule III drug approved by the FDA as an anesthetic in 1970, was considered radical just a decade ago, now between 500 and 750 ketamine clinics have cropped up across the nation. Dawn Megli | Kff Health News, ABC News, 31 Jan. 2024 Psychedelic experience Ketamine was approved more than 50 years ago as a powerful anesthetic for patients undergoing surgery. Matthew Perrone, Fortune Well, 7 Nov. 2023 Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that can distort a user’s sense of sight and sound. Heidi Pérez-Moreno, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 So some people were having wounds dressed without anesthetic. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 30 Nov. 2023 The treatment involves injecting an anesthetic into the stellate ganglion — a tangle of nerves in the neck that deliver signals to the head, neck, arms and upper chest. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 There were still dozens of patients in the wards, the organization added, but supplies of anesthetics and oxygen had run out. Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2023 The surgeons bought their own airfare and brought in 15 suitcases of medical equipment — mostly donated — including surgical instruments, antibiotics and anesthetics. Juliet Butler, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

anesthetic

1 of 2 adjective
an·​es·​thet·​ic ˌan-əs-ˈthet-ik How to pronounce anesthetic (audio)
: of, relating to, or capable of producing anesthesia
anesthetically adverb

anesthetic

2 of 2 noun
: a substance that produces anesthesia in part or all of the body

Medical Definition

anesthetic

1 of 2 adjective
an·​es·​thet·​ic
variants or chiefly British anaesthetic
1
: capable of producing anesthesia
anesthetic agents
2
: of, relating to, or caused by anesthesia
an anesthetic effect
anesthetic symptoms
anesthetically adverb
or chiefly British anaesthetically

anesthetic

2 of 2 noun
variants or chiefly British anaesthetic
: a substance that produces anesthesia

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