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 \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anesthetically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for anesthetic

Synonyms: Noun

analgesic, anodyne, painkiller

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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

As for how it's actually done, Joyce says, generally, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area and control bleeding. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Had Part of His Ear Cut Out in a Controversial “Conch Removal” Procedure," 28 Mar. 2019 The two men, donor and recipient, locked eyes before the anesthetic kicked in. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "'A cruel harvest of the poor': Israeli allegedly behind human organ black market arrested in Cyprus," 8 Jan. 2018 Sitz baths can be soothing for those with vulvodynia, per the Mayo Clinic, as can other at-home methods like cold compresses, but attempting to treat the condition at its core may involve measures such as local anesthetics and pelvic floor therapy. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 His success with previous obstetric patients lead Queen Victoria to request his anesthetic services for the 1853 birth of Prince Leopold, then again for Princess Beatrice in 1857. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Victoria (Mostly) Got It Right: The True Story of John Snow's Cholera Breakthrough," 4 Feb. 2019 Chloroform, a volatile chemical used as an anesthetic in small doses, could be toxic in large amounts, Raleigh's WRAL-TV reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Mariah Woods autopsy reveals grisly details about 3-year-old's death," 19 July 2018 If anesthetics affect these membranes, the compounds could prevent the movement of certain biochemicals, causing an organism to lose consciousness. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "What Sedated Plants Can Teach Scientists About Anesthetizing People," 7 Feb. 2018 Source: RX Savings Solutions Among generic drugmakers with the largest increases, Hikma Pharmaceuticals HKMPY -6.65% PLC raised the price of pain drug morphine by 10%, anesthetic ketamine by 20% and blood-pressure medication enalaprilat by 30%. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Drugmakers Raise Prices on Hundreds of Medicines," 1 Jan. 2019 Often, morphine and other anesthetics were available. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 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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The first known use of anesthetic was in 1823

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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 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 anaesthetic (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 anaesthetically (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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