general anesthetic

noun

Medical Definition of general anesthetic 

: an anesthetic used to produce general anesthesia These drugs may appear to induce a deep sleep, but the state produced by most modern general anesthetics is more of a pharmacological coma.— Beverley A. Orser, Scientfic American, June 2007

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