Entry from British & World English dictionary
An anaesthetic that affects the whole body and usually causes a loss of consciousness: he had the operation under general anaesthetic Compare with local anaesthetic.
More example sentences
- Babies who are circumcised are usually given a local anaesthetic because a general anaesthetic is more dangerous.
- The operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic but is sometimes carried out under local anaesthetic if preferred.
- The operation is a surgical procedure performed using general anaesthetic and, like all surgery, carries a degree of risk.
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