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 anesthetically (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 Game and Fish said the anesthetic drug used has a 14-day minimum withdrawal period. Mike Mcfeely, Twin Cities, "N.D. wildlife officials opposed drugging UND moose, citing consumption risk to hunters," 6 Sep. 2019 Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that can also be used for pain relief. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Spring Center of Hope discusses possible effects of ketamine on mood," 22 July 2019 The bugs then pierce their prey with a dagger-like proboscis, injecting enzymes and possibly anesthetic chemicals. National Geographic, "Giant water bugs eat turtles, ducklings, and even snakes," 3 Apr. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When lethal injection is the execution method, autopsies can provide insight in determining if the anesthetic worked. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 When lethal injection is the execution method, autopsies can provide insight in determining if the anesthetic worked. Washington Post, "No autopsies performed on Tennessee’s electrocutions," 13 Feb. 2020 The implant pocket is sterilized using antibiotic and betadine, and a long lasting anesthetic solution is placed to numb the breast and chest muscle for several days after. Dallas News, "How to choose the best breast augmentation solution for you," 23 Jan. 2020 Esketamine is similar to ketamine, an anesthetic that is sometimes misused recreationally but that has also been used off-label for depression. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Trump touted a new antidepressant as a solution for veterans. Only 15 have been treated," 6 Jan. 2020 In 2015, Arizona tried to illegally import an anesthetic that has been used to carry out executions but is no longer manufactured by companies approved by the Food and Drug Administration. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,," 17 Sep. 2019 When her incision became infected, the physician reopened it without introducing himself or even offering anesthetic. BostonGlobe.com, "a new survey of 2,700 US women published in June," 14 Sep. 2019 Due to the damage, doctors at a nearby clinic had to amputate the leg above the knee, without anesthetic to numb the pain. David Mateo Ricci, STAT, "Antibiotic resistance nearly killed me. That’s why I’m raising awareness of it," 31 Dec. 2019 Results from experiments in rats showed the action of the drug—an anesthetic—was limited to a three-millimeter cube where the beam was focused. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Ultrasound Beams and Nanoparticle Cages: Toward More Targeted Brain Treatments," 1 Mar. 2019

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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 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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