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Definition of anesthetic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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a drug that makes a person or an animal unable to feel anything, especially pain, either in the whole body or in a part of the body How long will Ibe under the anesthetic? They gave him a general anesthetic (= one that makes you become unconscious). (a)local anesthetic (= one that affects only a part of the body) We forget what life must have been like without anesthetics and painkillers.

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