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 Menthol is responsible for the flavor of mint and has a cooling and mild anesthetic effect. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Campaign draws attention to impact of menthol on vaping, African American community," 15 May 2020 Either that, or the Toyota Avalon is just mercilessly good at delivering anesthetic front-drive near-luxury to prosperous real-estate agents and indifferent suburban golf enthusiasts. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Acura Is Killing the RLX," 15 May 2020 Officers tested the liquid and identified the substance as ketamine hydrochloride, an anesthetic drug, the release states. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "U.S. Customs: 11 pounds of illegal drug labeled as 'spring water' seized in Cincinnati," 8 May 2020 To find other machines that could also be used, an Ohio doctor pushed for a statewide count of anesthetic machines available that could double as ventilators if necessary. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "How are police dealing with price-gouging and house parties during coronavirus restrictions: This Week in the CLE," 15 Apr. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Turner was under anesthetic while Ashkan and his colleagues performed the craniotomy, or removal of part of the skull. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch a Musician Play Violin During Brain Surgery," 21 Feb. 2020 Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, originally developed as a powerful anesthetic for surgery. Faith Karimi And Sarah Moon, CNN, "Inmates and deputies hospitalized after exposure to a narcotic in San Francisco," 9 Oct. 2019 Despite being introduced as an anesthetic in the late 19th century, it has been associated with an array of deaths stemming from recreational use. Fox News, "Ukraine chess champions found dead in Moscow, 'laughing gas' suspected," 7 Mar. 2020 If there’s already an epidural in place, the dose of anesthetic will be increased, said Dr. Aaron Caughey, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist specializing in maternal-fetal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Katherine Hobson, New York Times, "What to Expect from a Cesarean Section," 17 Apr. 2020 Among the drugs the FDA will allow compounders to make are five sedatives and anesthetics – etomidate, dexmedetomidine, ketamine, lorazepam, and midazolam. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA eases rules so compounders can make drugs for Covid-19 patients on ventilators," 16 Apr. 2020 According to its most recent data, demand for sedatives and anesthetics like propofol and midazolam grew 91% in March, while the fill rate dropped to a low of 48%. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Amid rush to secure ventilators, doctors warn of shortage of crucial drugs," 9 Apr. 2020 Oftentimes, a topical anesthetic isn't necessary; your doctor will likely just use alcohol to sterilize the skin, Campbell says. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "How to Treat Varicose Veins at Home and at the Doctor's Office," 16 Mar. 2020 Agents also found vials of diazepam, a sedative, and ketamine, an anesthetic. NBC News, "Ohio plastic surgeon accused of drugging, raping, filming women for years," 10 Mar. 2020

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for anesthetic

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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