se·​da·​tion | \ si-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce sedation (audio) \

Definition of sedation

1 : the inducing of a relaxed easy state especially by the use of sedatives
2 : a state resulting from or as if from sedation

Examples of sedation in a Sentence

For some patients, sedation may be necessary.

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The decision the intern made to put Roscoe under sedation rather than full anesthesia, while widely accepted among veterinarians, is not DoveLewis’ standard of care, Morgan said., "A Portland family took their dog to DoveLewis; the family says it’s the hospital’s fault he died," 19 June 2019 The effects of the drug can include extreme happiness, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, confusion, sedation or unconsciousness, and problems breathing. Cory Stieg,, "The Truth About The Fentanyl Scene In Euphoria," 25 June 2019 Heavy sedation kept Carter's physical pain at bay for a while. Madeleine Stix, CNN, "Three years after the Pulse shooting, she remembers every moment," 12 June 2019 That differs from the rules for physicians, who can use deep sedation only if a patient is monitored by a separate clinician certified in the use of anesthesia. Cat Ferguson, The Mercury News, "In wake of East Bay child’s death, dental group releases new guidance on anesthesia," 10 June 2019 All too often, pets whose families leave spend the process fighting the sedation and searching for them. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018 The two types of drugs produce some similar effects—sedation and slowed breathing—and their effects may be increased when combined, SELF explained previously. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Fentanyl Now Officially Causes the Most Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S.," 20 Dec. 2018 But some practitioners will do the procedure without the sedation. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "What Doctors Don’t Tell You About Cataract Surgery," 16 Nov. 2018 Potts walked into the hospital, but was under heavy sedation due to his injuries. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Philadelphia police officer expected to survive after getting shot in face, officials say," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sedation

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sedation

: a relaxed, calm, or sleepy condition that results from taking a drug (called a sedative)
: the act of giving a person or animal a drug that causes calmness or relaxation


se·​da·​tion | \ si-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce sedation (audio) \

Medical Definition of sedation

1 : the inducing of a relaxed easy state especially by the use of sedatives
2 : a state resulting from sedation — see conscious sedation, deep sedation

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