sedation

noun

se·​da·​tion si-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce sedation (audio)
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 To be considered for a transplant, Allard needed to come off sedation and be able to walk. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 23 Jan. 2024 At 11:15, Hancock was given a three-drug lethal injection: midazolam for sedation, vecuronium bromide to halt respiration and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. Emma Goldberg Desiree Rios, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2024 After lying under sedation for multiple days, Mullins woke up from her kidney stone removal to some jarring news: her legs had been amputated. Emilee Coblentz, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 For example, adding myrcene terpene may promote relaxation and sedation while limonene terpene could provide an uplifting and energizing effect. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 Identifying the drugs Benzodiazepines are depressants that produce sedation and hypnosis, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and reduce seizures, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 27 Jan. 2024 Some dentists will write a prescription for one dose of anti-anxiety medication to take before a bigger procedure, while others will offer sedation for some treatments. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 These strains can provide the best of both worlds, offering relaxation without inducing excessive sedation or overstimulation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 Advertisement Medications used for sedation and asthma relief, among others, were not properly administered or documented for several patients at the facility, the state found. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sedation was in 1543

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“Sedation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedation. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

sedation

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