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anaesthetic definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: relating to or producing insensibility [syn: anaesthetic, anesthetic]
2: characterized by insensibility; "the young girls are in a state of possession--blind and deaf and anesthetic"; "an anesthetic state" [syn: anesthetic, anaesthetic] n
1: a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations [syn: anesthetic, anaesthetic, anesthetic agent, anaesthetic agent]

Merriam Webster's

chiefly British variant of anesthetic

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. (US anesthetic) --n. a substance that produces insensibility to pain etc. --adj. producing partial or complete insensibility to pain etc. Phrases and idioms: general anaesthetic an anaesthetic that affects the whole body, usu. with loss of consciousness. local anaesthetic an anaesthetic that affects a restricted area of the body. Etymology: Gk anaisthetos insensible (as ANAESTHESIA)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Anaesthetic An`[ae]s*thet"ic, a. (Med.) (a) Capable of rendering insensible; as, an[ae]sthetic agents. (b) Characterized by, or connected with, insensibility; as, an an[ae]sthetic effect or operation.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Anaesthetic An`[ae]s*thet"ic, n. (Med.) That which produces insensibility to pain, as chloroform, ether, etc.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(anaesthetics) Note: in AM and sometimes in BRIT, use 'anesthetic' Anaesthetic is a substance that doctors use to stop you feeling pain during an operation, either in the whole of your body when you are unconscious, or in a part of your body when you are awake. The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic. N-MASS: oft under N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Producing insensibility, destructive of pain. II. n. Pain-suppressing agent, agent producing insensibility.




 


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