Definition of anaesthetic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(especially US English anesthetic) noun
BrE BrE//ˌænəsˈθetɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌænəsˈθetɪk//
Operations, Medication
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[uncountable, countable] 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 I be under anaesthetic? They gave him a general anaesthetic (= one that makes you become unconscious). (a) local anaesthetic (= one that affects only a part of the body) We forget what life must have been like without anaesthetics and painkillers. Wordfinderamputate, anaesthetic, graft, operation, procedure, scalpel, scrubs, stitch, surgery, transplant Wordfinderanaesthetic, cavity, check-up, crown, dentist, dentures, drill, extract, filling, hygienist See related entries: Operations, Medication Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Greek anaisthētos ‘insensible’, related to anaisthēsia, (from an- ‘without’ + aisthēsis ‘sensation’) + -ic.Extra examples He was given a general anaesthetic. It would have to be done under anaesthetic. She had a local anaesthetic to stop the pain. The anaesthetic began to take effect. The operation was completed in ten minutes using only local anaesthetic. They had to operate without anaesthetic.

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