ketamine

noun
ke·​ta·​mine | \ ˈke-tə-ˌmēn How to pronounce ketamine (audio) , ˈkē- How to pronounce ketamine (audio) \

Definition of ketamine

: a general anesthetic that is administered intravenously and intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride C13H16ClNO·HCl and that is used illicitly usually by being inhaled in powdered form especially for the dreamlike or hallucinogenic state it produces

Note: Ketamine is also called Special K when used as a recreational drug

Examples of ketamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McClain died after being stopped by police, put in a chokehold and injected with the powerful sedative ketamine in 2019. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 He was placed in a chokehold and paramedics injected him with the powerful sedative ketamine. Amy Forliti, chicagotribune.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Colorado’s health department announced Wednesday that emergency workers should not use a condition involving erratic behavior by people as a reason to inject them with the drug ketamine. NBC News, 2 Dec. 2021 Clair has helped nine patients return to Kadima for more ketamine sessions. USA Today, 1 Nov. 2021 In 2015, there were fewer than 60 ketamine clinics in the U.S. Dr. Nicholas Nissen, ABC News, 21 July 2021 By personally paying for treatments and obtaining donor funds, St.Clair has helped nine patients return to Kadima for more ketamine sessions. USA Today, 1 Nov. 2021 Once the ketamine took hold, his mother took him to experience her birth and showed him the afterlife. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 At the suggestion of former co-host Sara Gilbert, Osbourne underwent ketamine therapy, which psychiatrists sometimes use to treat severe depression. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ketamine

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ketamine

ket(one) + amine

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26 Apr 2022

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“Ketamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ketamine. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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ketamine

noun
ke·​ta·​mine | \ ˈkēt-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce ketamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of ketamine

: a general anesthetic that is administered intravenously or intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride C13H16ClNO·HCl and that is used illicitly usually by being inhaled in powdered form especially for the dreamlike or hallucinogenic state it produces — see special k

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