preanesthetic

adjective

pre·​an·​es·​thet·​ic ˌprē-ˌa-nəs-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce preanesthetic (audio)
variants or pre-anesthetic
: occurring before the administration of an anesthetic
a preanesthetic sedative
Preanesthetic blood tests can determine if any other risks need to be addressed during dental or other surgical procedures.Elaine Wexler-Mitchell

Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preanesthetic was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Preanesthetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preanesthetic. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

preanesthetic

1 of 2 adjective
pre·​an·​es·​thet·​ic
variants or pre-anesthetic or British preanaesthetic or pre-anaesthetic
: used or occurring before administration of an anesthetic
preanesthetic medication
a pre-anesthetic agent

preanesthetic

2 of 2 noun
variants or pre-anesthetic or British preanaesthetic or pre-anaesthetic
: a substance used to induce an initial light state of anesthesia
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