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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“General anesthetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/general%20anesthetic. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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