Definition of Laughing gas

1. Noun. Inhalation anesthetic used as an anesthetic in dentistry and surgery.

Definition of Laughing gas

1. Noun. A common name for nitrous oxide used as an anaesthetic. ¹

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Medical Definition of Laughing gas

1. A historical term for nitrous oxide. Origin: so called because its inhalation sometimes excites a hilarious delirium preceding insensibility (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Laughing gas

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1866)
"... Nitrogen, or laughing gas. By GKO. J. ZIEG- LER, MD, Physician to the Philadelphia Hospital; Member of the Medical Association, Member of the Academy of ..."

2. Reminiscences: Chiefly of Oriel College and the Oxford Movement by Thomas Mozley (1882)
"He made laughing-gas and kept a depot in his rooms. This was freely resorted to with various and ridiculous results. It was about this time that an officer ..."

3. Plays of the Natural and the Supernatural by Theodore Dreiser (1916)
"laughing gas SCENE The operating-room of the Michael Slade Hospital, a glistening chamber of white porcelain and white tile. Nickel operating table in the ..."

4. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"Pop. 7214. It was originally a town of the Teutonic Knights (from 1322), then of Poland (1454-1657), and finally of Brandenburg. laughing gas. ..."

5. State board questions and answers by Rudolph Max Goepp (1917)
"Describe the preparation of nitrous oxid (laughing-gas), writing the equation of the reaction occurring. State the properties and uses of nitrous oxid. ..."

6. American Journal of Dental Science by American Society of Dental Surgeons (1880)
"Recent Experiments with "laughing gas." Protoxide of nitrogen, or " laughing gas," the anaesthetic properties of which were discovered by Sir Humphry Davy, ..."

7. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"Its chief inters is in its effect upon the human syrt┬źn vita respired, which has given to it the name* cf exhilarating and laughing gas. ..."

8. Life jottings of an old Edinburgh citizen by John Hay Athole Macdonald (1915)
"The only incidents worth recording were those of the laughing-gas day, the occasion which combined amusement with instruction more than any other. ..."

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