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.
Recent Examples on the Web Besides essential drugs for sedation, a super sick COVID-19 patient who’s on ventilation may need additional drugs for other medical problems. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, "FDA data show numerous drugs in shortage. Among them: a leading antidepressant," 10 June 2020 Medicines used for sedation and pain management, including fentanyl, midazolam and propofol, increased by 100 percent, 70 percent and 60 percent respectively. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low," 2 Apr. 2020 Doctors said the entertainer, who was under heavy sedation and breathing through a ventilator two days after the attack, was able to move his hands and feet and to give a thumbs-up sign. Dennis Mclellan, Los Angeles Times, "Roy Horn, dark-haired half of flamboyant illusionists Siegfried & Roy, dies of complications related to coronavirus," 8 May 2020 As of Friday Cordero had still not regained consciousness weeks after being taken off of sedation. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Nick Cordero's wife says his lungs are 'severely damaged'," 1 May 2020 One of the recommendations asks doctors to consider conscious sedation as the first line to protect anesthesiologists from exposure and to protect patients from unnecessary intubation, as well as to conserve mechanical ventilator resources. Fox News, "Amid coronavirus pandemic, new guidance for treating stroke patients developed," 30 Apr. 2020 Time to administer sedation, insert a tube, and start the ventilator. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "“It’s Hard to Stay Afloat”: Hope and Exhaustion in the Coronavirus Fight," 15 Apr. 2020 Grandmothers and great-grandmothers who labored without sedation or anesthesia, some of them, yes, Alone, but Together in their womanhood. Adrienne M. Buckley, Good Housekeeping, "An Open Letter to Expectant Parents During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020 The staff there had recently brought the Portland woman out of sedation and pulled a ventilator tube from her windpipe. oregonlive, "Oregonians with coronavirus: ‘I was healthy and exercised ... And I got sick’," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sedation

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2020

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“Sedation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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