Definition of Anaesthetic

1. Noun. A drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations.

2. Adjective. Relating to or producing insensibility.
Exact synonyms: Anesthetic
Partainyms: Anaesthesia, Anesthesia
Derivative terms: Anaesthetize

3. Adjective. Characterized by insensibility. "An anesthetic state"
Exact synonyms: Anesthetic
Similar to: Insensible
Derivative terms: Anaesthesia, Anesthesia, Anesthetic

Definition of Anaesthetic

1. Adjective. Of, relating to, or causing anaesthesia. ¹

2. Noun. A substance that causes reversible loss of sensation or loss of consciousness; used to perform surgery without pain. ¹

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Definition of Anaesthetic

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Medical Definition of Anaesthetic

1. 1. Pertaining to, characterised by or producing anaesthesia. 2. A drug or agent that is used to produce partial loss of feeling or sensation of pain. (14 May 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Anaesthetic

anaesthesia adjuvants
anaesthesia dolorosa
anaesthesia machine
anaesthesia record
anaesthesia recovery period
anaesthetic (current term)
anaesthetic agent
anaesthetic circuit
anaesthetic depth
anaesthetic ether
anaesthetic gas
anaesthetic index
anaesthetic leprosy
anaesthetic shock
anaesthetic vapor

Literary usage of Anaesthetic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"All realize that the question of the best anaesthetic in all cases is far from answered. It is only by the comparison of series of cases under one kind of ..."

2. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art. by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Wm Ripley Nichols, Charles R Cross (1869)
"He concluded that anaesthetic vapors act directly upon nerve matter, cither hy preventing the development of force or by stopping conduction. ..."

3. The Art of anaesthesia by Paluel Joseph Flagg (1922)
"To know when to use the correct anaesthetic agent is secondary to a knowledge of ... On the other hand, the routine use of a solitary anaesthetic agent or ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1889)
"Many of the drugs which are useful in the treatment of cardiac disease also possess a local anaesthetic action. There is, of course, no connection, ..."

5. American Journal of Dental Science by American Society of Dental Surgeons (1885)
"Experiments recently made by the writer with this new local anaesthetic, have demonstrated its anaesthetic effect upon tooth- pulp tissue and sensitive ..."

6. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1879)
"The anaesthetic was given by pouring a small quantity on a piece of lint in a tumbler, and by holding the tumbler over the patient's nose and mouth so as to ..."

7. Progressive Medicine by Hobart Amory Hare (1901)
"Stengel also concludes that the anaesthetic is more dangerous in the diseases of the myocardium, although in many instances the anaesthetic ether has been ..."

8. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1873)
"By the introduction of this new anaesthetic, I feel sure that the days of chloroform as an anaesthetic for any but obstetric operations are numbered. ..."

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