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



(especially US English anesthetic) adjective
BrE BrE//ˌænəsˈθetɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌænəsˈθetɪk//
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[only before noun] containing a substance that makes a person or an animal unable to feel pain in all or part of the body an anaesthetic drug/spray See related entries: Operations Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Greek anaisthētos ‘insensible’, related to anaisthēsia, (from an- ‘without’ + aisthēsis ‘sensation’) + -ic.

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