American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or resembling anesthesia.
- adj. Causing anesthesia.
- adj. Insensitive.
- n. An agent that causes loss of sensation with or without the loss of consciousness.
- n. Something likened to this in effect: For some people watching television is an anesthetic for the mind.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Producing temporary loss or impairment of feeling or sensation; producing anæsthesia.
- Of or belonging to anæsthesia; characterized by anæsthesia, or physical insensibility: as, anesthetic effects.
- n. A substance capable of producing anæsthesia. The anesthetics almost exclusively used for the production of general anæsthesia are ether, chloroform, and nitrous oxid (laughing-gas). Local anæsthesia is often produced by freezing the part with ether spray, or, in mucous membrane, by the application of cocaine.
- adj. Causing the reduction of pain sensitivity.
- n. medicine A substance administered to reduce the perception of pain or to induce numbness. An anesthetic may or may not render the recipient unconscious, depending upon the type used.
- n. a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
- adj. characterized by insensibility
- adj. relating to or producing insensibility
- From Greek anaisthetos insensible. (Wiktionary)
- From Greek anaisthētos, without feeling : an-, without; see a-1 + aisthētos, perceptible (from aisthanesthai, to feel; see anesthesia). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A local anesthetic is used prior to the procedure, and a mild anesthetic is often mixed into the injection fluid.”
“The dose of general anesthetic is kept to a minimum until the baby is delivered.”
“The right anesthetic is tailored between you, doctors and pertinent surgical issues (such as time length of surgery).”
“To perform the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the skin on the abdomen, and a needle is inserted into the womb to remove some amniotic fluid.”
“Depending on the age of the child, either a local or general anesthetic is used during the eye examination.”
“The sought after substance is sodium thiopental, the short-term anesthetic that is administered to the condemned inmate before the other two drugs that will eventually provide the inmate with a comfortable transition to the hereafter are administered.”
“A footnote in a 1968 review made note of a drug called Sernyl, a short-term anesthetic developed by Parke, Davis for field use by the military but abandoned because, when overadministered, it had produced psychiatric symptoms.”
“Not no, she didn’t have any, but no, she does not understand the word anesthetic.”
“This was all fine with me, but it was momentarily unsettling to be feeling pain after the anesthetic was administered.”
“Murray said he feared Jackson was becoming addicted to the anesthetic, which is supposed to be used only in hospitals and other advanced medical settings.”
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