anesthetic

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

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 \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for anesthetic

Synonyms: Noun

anodyne, narcotic, opiate

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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

Just like humans, plants can succumb to the effects of general anesthetic drugs, researchers report this week in the Annals of Botany. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "We can make plants pass out—with the same drugs that mysteriously knock us out," 12 Dec. 2017 Earlier this year, Florida amended its lethal-injection protocol to include etomidate, an anesthetic agent that has never been used in executions, after exhausting its supply of the sedative midazolam. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Wades Into Death Penalty Debate For First Time," 22 Aug. 2017 According to Italian investigators, when the woman (who has not been named to protect her privacy) arrived at an apartment for the shoot, Lukasz Pawel Herba and another man injected her with ketamine, an anesthetic drug used to sedate horses. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "This man is accused of kidnapping a 20-year-old British model and then trying to sell her on the Internet," 5 Aug. 2017 The Red Cross team delivered surgical items, intravenous fluids and anesthetic supplies to help treat hundreds of wounded, Mr. Grand said. Reuters, New York Times, "Medical Supplies Reach War-Torn City in Yemen," 13 Feb. 2016 His doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of manslaughter after Jackson overdosed on the anesthetic drug propofol. Tony Hicks, The Mercury News, "Paris Jackson says Michael Jackson was murdered and she was raped at age 14," 24 Jan. 2017 ACOG recommends vaginal delivery for its lower infection rates, fewer anesthetic complications and shorter hospital stays. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago hospitals working to reduce C-sections," 15 May 2017 Ketamine itself is known to have anesthetic properties—memory loss, pain relief, trances—at high rates of injection. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "Wanna Get High? Try Eating Chicken.," 27 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Doctors, determined to spare their patients pain, consequently have turned to second-choice pain drugs and increased their use of local anesthetics such as lidocaine. Pauline Bartolone, latimes.com, "Safety violations hit compounding pharmacy, worsening hospital painkiller shortfalls," 13 Apr. 2018 But thanks to a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), teething products containing benzocaine, a topical anesthetic, will have to come off shelves. Korin Miller, SELF, "The FDA Wants Benzocaine Teething Products Taken Off the Market," 24 May 2018 Two other patients received overdoses of the anesthetic Propofol. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "Report faults Children’s Hospital for medication errors," 27 May 2018 Researchers have examined whether the type of anesthetic used during surgery or the depth of anesthesia - the degree to which a patient is put under - affects the risk of developing POCD. Judith Graham, chicagotribune.com, "Surgery causes cognitive losses in some seniors," 22 May 2018 Researchers have examined whether the type of anesthetic used during surgery or the depth of anesthesia — the degree to which a patient is put under — affects the risk of developing POCD. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Surgery can cause cognitive losses in some seniors," 19 May 2018 Green on green on green on green, all of this chlorophyll inducing a bleary anesthetic—or Andrew thought so. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 Finally, anesthetics during childbirth became more available – and socially acceptable. Hannah Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "We have always been mothers. But C-sections are changing how that is happening.," 10 May 2018 The center was due to run out of bupivacaine, a local anesthetic used in virtually every baby delivery. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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 \ 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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