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 anesthetic (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 Anesthesiologists are licensed physicians who specialize in preparing anesthetic plans for patients and administering anesthetics during medical procedures. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Paramedics called to the scene then injected McClain with the anesthetic ketamine. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 1 Sep. 2021 My profession of anesthesiology offers an excellent example of the power of life cycle assessments with two anesthetic medications: propofol and desflurane. Matthew J. Meyer, STAT, 11 Aug. 2021 Researchers once studied Xylazine for its potential use in humans as an analgesic, hypnotic and anesthetic. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 27 July 2021 Lawyers for Hikma Pharmaceuticals told Nevada’s attorney general last week that the company wants the state to return 50 vials of the anesthetic ketamine. Scott Sonner, ajc, 29 June 2021 The landscape for those patients began shifting in 2019, when the Food and Drug Administration approved a therapy for treatment-resistant depression based on the anesthetic ketamine. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 9 June 2021 Steed recalled working with a post-anesthetic care unit (PACU) nurse in an intensive-care unit. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 The Los Angeles County coroner’s office officially ruled the death a homicide from a combination of surgical anesthetic and other medication. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The surgery required general anesthetic and lasted four hours, according to a statement from the palace. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Periodically, a man interrupts Galindo to administer a local anesthetic to her mouth. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 Unlike a novel peptide that would need to be formulated and packaged, generic ketamine is cheap to access and already in wide use as an anesthetic. Katie Palmer, STAT, 5 Aug. 2021 Timeline 1861-1865 - During the Civil War, medics use morphine as a battlefield anesthetic. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 At St George’s Hospital in London, patients undergoing procedures with regional anesthetic were given the option of using a VR headset before and during their operation, which immersed them in calming virtual landscapes. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The aching usually starts hours later once the anesthetic wears off. Jonathan Wosen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021 One was an anesthetic called Fluothane, and its use suggested a kidnapping of unusual sophistication. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 Lidocaine is an anesthetic that sometimes comes in a patch used for pain relief, or as a topical cream used to numb an area of skin before injections. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021

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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

: 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 anesthetic (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 anesthetic (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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