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a substance that produces , as halothane, procaine, or ether.
pertaining to or causing physical insensibility:
an anesthetic gas.
physically insensitive:
Halothane is used to produce an anesthetic state.
Contemporary Examples

One last question: how did The Times obtain that data on Iranian anesthetic stockpiles?
Take Responsibility for Your Actions, Iran! David Frum November 20, 2012

But did Murray provide Jackson with a dangerous level of anesthetic that caused his death?
The Year in Michael Jackson The Daily Beast Video June 22, 2010

And I have to have whiskey because alcohol is both an antiseptic and an anesthetic.
My Reverse-Cyrano Moment Wooing the Supreme Court P. J. O’Rourke March 29, 2014

Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, gives one an exhilarating feeling while operating as an anesthetic.
Gina Gershon’s Trip to Heaven in the Dentist’s Chair Gina Gershon October 22, 2012

Historical Examples

The instruments should be prepared and ready before the anesthetic is given, regardless of the form of anesthesia employed.
Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry Maximilian Stern

But before she goes under the anesthetic she wants to see you.
The Mystery at Dark Cedars Edith Lavell

Tropacocaine may replace cocaine in every case as an anesthetic.
Merck’s 1899 Manual Merck & Co.

The stomach must be empty before administering the anesthetic.
Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit

The finding of the matches was like an anesthetic to the agony of the clamp on his leg.
Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser

Before the Operation the patient must be made ready to take the anesthetic.
Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit

noun, adjective
the usual US spelling of anaesthetic

alternative spelling of anaesthetic (q.v.). See ae.

anesthetic an·es·thet·ic (ān’ĭs-thět’ĭk)
An agent that reversibly depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation. adj.

Characterized by the loss of sensation.

Capable of producing a loss of sensation.

Associated with or due to the state of anesthesia.

an’es·thet’i·cal·ly adv.
A drug that temporarily depresses neuronal function, producing total or partial loss of sensation with or without the loss of consciousness.
anesthetic [(an-is-thet-ik)]

A substance that causes loss of sensation or consciousness. With the aid of an anesthetic, people can undergo surgery without pain. (See general anesthetic and local anesthetic.)


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  • Anesthetic ether

    anesthetic ether anesthetic ether n. Any of various ethers, especially diethyl ether, having anesthetic properties.

  • Anesthetic depth

    anesthetic depth anesthetic depth n. The degree to which the central nervous system is depressed by a general anesthetic agent, depending on the potency of the anesthetic and the concentration in which it is administered.

  • Anesthetic gas

    anesthetic gas anesthetic gas n. A gaseous compound capable of producing general anesthesia upon inhalation. Historical Examples The same applies to using any anesthetic gas or drug to render him unconscious. Anything You Can Do … Gordon Randall Garrett

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