Definition of anaesthetic in English:

anaesthetic

Line breaks: an¦aes|thet¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌanɪsˈθɛtɪk
 
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(US anesthetic)

noun

  • 1A substance that induces insensitivity to pain.
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    • Supplements that have the potential to cause major complications in perioperative patients are those that prolong bleeding and those that increase sedative effects of anesthetics and analgesics.
    • We're getting very close to medical anaesthetics like halothane, though.
    • There was little difference in maternal safety between inhalational anaesthetics used for general anaesthesia.
    Synonyms
    narcotic, soporific, stupefacient, painkiller, sedative, anodyne, analgesic, opiate; general, local
  • 2 (anaesthetics) [treated as singular] The study or practice of anaesthesia: he trained as a medical technical officer, working in anaesthetics
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    • Those who work in paediatrics, anaesthetics and surgery work an average of 84 or 85 hours.
    • This generated what is called a ‘trauma call’ - the relevant hospital specialists from orthopaedics, surgery and anaesthetics were called to the department to await the arrival of the ambulance.
    • Among the services which board management are proposing to hit are radiology, anaesthetics, foster care and services for those with autism, addiction problems and disabilities.

adjective

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  • Inducing or relating to insensitivity to pain: anaesthetic drugs and gases
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    • We investigated mortality in a population of trauma patients who were intubated before reaching hospital without anaesthetic drugs being used.
    • It is also possible to induce anaesthesia with anaesthetic gases, breathed through a mask.
    • After relieving his pain with a quick nap induced by inhaled anesthetic gas, treatment with heat, fluids and antibiotics could be commenced.
    Synonyms
    narcotic, numbing, deadening, dulling, soporific, stupefacient, painkilling, sedative, analgesic, anodyne, opiate

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek anaisthētos 'insensible', related to anaisthēsia (see anaesthesia), + -ic.

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