Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A general anesthetic given intravenously or intramuscularly, used especially for minor surgical procedures in which muscle relaxation is not required, and used illegally as a recreational drug.

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  • noun a pain-killing drug and anaesthetic

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  • noun a general anesthetic and tranquilizer (not a barbiturate) that is administered intravenously or intramuscularly; used mainly by veterinarians or for minor surgery with geriatric or pediatric patients; taken in large doses it causes hallucinations similar to those associated with the use of PCP

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[ket(o)– + amine.]

Examples

  • And they're using these dissociative anesthetics called ketamine, which isn't really, truly a painkiller.

    CNN Transcript Jan 18, 2010

  • During the search of a northwest Edmonton home on Nov. 30th, 2009 officers seized 19 kilograms of a drug called ketamine, which is known to be popular at raves.

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  • A report released this month by University College London has show a link between long term ketamine use and short term memory loss.

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  • CHENNAI: Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Chennai, seized 197 kg of ketamine from a Malaysia-bound container at the Chennai port on Tuesday.

    The Times of India

  • We found out the next day that he had tested positive for benzos, methadone, barbiturates and had a blood alcohol level of point nine on top of doing the heroin and the ketamine, which is a lethal combination in itself.

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  • A medicine called ketamine is exceptional in that people given ketamine are less depressed almost immediately.

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  • They had traced this drug ketamine, which is a form of a date rape drug, Tony ...

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  • They began to call ketamine hydrochloride “the goddess Ketamine.”

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  • They began to call ketamine hydrochloride “the goddess Ketamine.”

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  • The misuse of flunitrazepam (sold under the brand name Rohypnol) has been reduced, thanks to international efforts, but the report said criminals are now using gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as ketamine, and gamma butyrolactone (GBL).

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