Anaesthetic
Anaesthetic An`[ae]s*thet"ic, n. (Med.) That which produces insensibility to pain, as chloroform, ether, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anaesthetic — (adj.) 1846, insensible, from Gk. anaisthetos insensate, without feeling; senseless, stupid (see ANAESTHESIA (Cf. anaesthesia)). Noun meaning agent that produces anesthesia first used in modern sense 1848 by Scottish doctor James Young Simpson… …   Etymology dictionary

  • anaesthetic — is spelt ae in BrE and e in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • anaesthetic — (US anesthetic) ► NOUN ▪ a drug or gas that causes insensitivity to pain. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inducing or relating to anaesthesia …   English terms dictionary

  • anaesthetic — (BrE) (AmE anesthetic) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ general, local VERB + ANAESTHETIC/ANESTHETIC ▪ administer, give sb, inject ▪ He was given a …   Collocations dictionary

  • anaesthetic — n. (BE) see anesthetic 1) to administer, give an anaesthetic 2) to have, take an anaesthetic 3) a general; local anaesthetic 4) the anaesthetic wears off 5) under (an) anaesthetic * * * [ˌænɪs θetɪk] give an anaesthetic local anaesthetic …   Combinatory dictionary

  • anaesthetic — an|aes|thet|ic also anesthetic AmE [ˌænısˈθetık] n [U and C] a drug that stops you feeling pain under anaesthetic ▪ The operation will have to be done under anaesthetic (=using anaesthetic) . ▪ Eye surgery is often performed using a local… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • anaesthetic — UK [ˌænəsˈθetɪk] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms anaesthetic : singular anaesthetic plural anaesthetics a drug or gas that is given to someone before a medical operation to stop them feeling pain. An anaesthetic that affects the… …   English dictionary

  • anaesthetic — especially BrE anesthetic AmE noun (C, U) a drug that stops you feeling pain: under anaesthetic (=using an anaesthetic) | local anaesthetic/general anaesthetic (=affecting a small part of your body/all of your body): Wisdom teeth are usually… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • anaesthetic — 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… …   Useful english dictionary

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