• IPA: /ˌænəsˈθɛtɪk/, /ˌænəsˈtɛtɪk/


  1. (American spelling) Causing anesthesia; reducing pain sensitivity.
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anesthetic (plural anesthetics)

  1. (American spelling, medicine) A substance administered to reduce the perception of pain or to induce numbness for surgery and may render the recipient unconscious.
    • 1994, [ Anesthetics (Ophthalmic)] (original version ↗),
      After a local anesthetic is applied to the eye, do not rub or wipe the eye until the anesthetic has worn off and feeling in the eye returns.
    • 2004, Jacoby, David B. and Youngson, R. M., Encyclopedia of Family Health ↗, Marshall Cavendish, pg. 91.
      Modern anesthetics can be divided into several different groups according to how and where they act to reduce pain.
      During premedication, the anesthetist may give a patient drugs that make him or her feel relaxed and drowsy before the actual general anesthetic is administered.

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