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anesthetic agent

Definition:

a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

anesthetic agents

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

anaesthetic [British spelling] | anaesthetic agent [British spelling] | anesthetic [American/Canadian spelling]

Etymology:

From Greek anaisthētos, without feeling: an-, without; see "a-" [entry 1] +...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Anesthesia | anaesthesia

traditionally meant the condition of having sensation blocked or temporarily taken away. It's a pharmacologically induced and reversible state of amnesia, analgesia, loss of responsiveness, loss of skeletal muscle reflexes, decreased stress response,... (33 of 6092 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Anesthesia

Britannica Encyclopedia:

anesthetic [medicine] | anaesthetic

agent which produces a local or general loss of sensation, including pain. General anesthesia involves loss of consciousness, usually for the purpose ... (22 of 886 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/24338​/anesthetic

Collins Dictionary:

anesthetic [United States] | anaesthetic

the usual US spelling of "anaesthetic" | a substance that causes anaesthesia | causing or characterized by anaesthesia (16 of 395 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anesthetic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anaesthetic [countable/uncountable] | anaesthetics [plural] | anesthetic [American spelling]

a drug or gas that is given to someone before a medical operation to stop them feeling pain. An anaesthetic that affects the whole of your body by ... (28 of 84 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anaesthetic

American Heritage Dictionary:

anesthetic | anaesthetic [sense-specific] | anesthetically [adverb, related]

Relating to or resembling anesthesia. | Causing anesthesia. | Insensitive. | An agent that causes loss of sensation with or without the loss of ... (21 of 69 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anesthetic

Oxford Dictionary:

anesthetic | anaesthetic [British] | anesthetics [British]

Syllabification: (an·es·thet·ic) | a substance that induces insensitivity to pain. | ("anesthetics") [treated as singular] : the study or practice of ... (19 of 68 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/anesthetic

Merriam-Webster:

anesthetic [entry 1, adjective] | anesthetically [adverb, related]

of, relating to, or capable of producing anesthesia | lacking awareness or sensitivity (12 of 38 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/anesthetic

anesthetic [entry 2, noun] | palliative [synonym, sense-specific] | analgesic [synonym, sense-specific] | painkiller [synonym, sense-specific] | anodyne [synonym, sense-specific] | sedative [similar, sense-specific] | tranquilizer [similar, sense-specific] | narcotic [similar, sense-specific] | opiate [similar, sense-specific]

a substance that produces anesthesia | something that brings relief; "palliative" (10 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/anesthetic show=1

Cambridge Dictionary:

anaesthetic | anesthetic [United States]

a substance that makes you unable to feel pain (9 of 65 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anaesthetic

Wiktionary:

anesthetic | anesthetics [plural] | phencyclidine [chemistry, veterinary] | PCP [chemistry, veterinary] | angel dust [chemistry, veterinary] | peace pill [chemistry, veterinary] | crystal [chemistry, veterinary] | hog [chemistry, veterinary] | horse tranquilizer [chemistry, veterinary] | ...

Causing the reduction of pain sensitivity. | [medicine] A substance administered to reduce the perception of pain or to induce numbness. An anesthetic may or may not render the recipient unconscious, depending upon the type used. (35 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anesthetic

Random House Dictionary:

anesthetic

a substance that produces anesthesia, as halothane, procaine, or ether. | pertaining to or causing physical insensibility. | physically insensitive. (18 of 38 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/anesthetic

New World Dictionary:

anesthetic [United States] | anesthetically [adverb, related]

relating to, with, or characterized by anesthesia | producing anesthesia | a drug, gas, etc. used to produce anesthesia, as before surgery (20 of 32 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anesthetic

Encarta Dictionary:

anesthetic | anaesthetic

a substance that reduces sensitivity to pain and may cause unconsciousness, especially a drug used in medicine (17 of 54 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585554​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

anesthetic

Origin: From Greek anaisthētos, without feeling: an-, without; see "a-" [entry 1] + aisthētos, perceptible (from aisthanesthai, to feel; see "anesthesia").

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anesthetic

Oxford Dictionary:

anesthetic | anaesthetic [British] | anesthetics [British]

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: Greek anaisthētos "insensible", related to anaisthēsia (see "anesthesia"), + "-ic"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/anesthetic

Online Etymology:

anesthetic

Origin: alternative spelling of "anaesthetic". See "ae".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=anesthetic

Wiktionary:

anesthetic | anesthetics [plural]

Origin: Greek anaisthetos insensible.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anesthetic

New World Dictionary:

anesthetic [United States]

Origin: Greek anaisthētos + "-ic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anesthetic

-ic

Origin: Middle English or Latin or Greek: Middle English -ike from Latin ... | French or Late Greek; French -ique from Latin -icus from Greek ... (23 of 42 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ic-suffix

Encarta Dictionary:

anesthetic

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: Greek anaisthētos "without feeling" from aisthētos "capable of feeling" from aisthesthai "perceive"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585554​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

anesthetic [United States] | anaesthetic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anesthetic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anesthetic

Macmillan American Dictionary:

anesthetic [countable/uncountable] | anesthetics [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anesthetic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/anesthetic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anesthetic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anesthetic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anesthetic

Cambridge Dictionary:

anesthetic [United States]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "anesthetic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "anesthetic"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anesthetic

the Free Dictionary:

anesthetic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "anesthetic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "anesthetic"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/anesthetic

Google Dictionary:

anesthetic | anaesthetics [plural] | anesthetics [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "anesthetic"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=anesthetic

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

anesthetic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anesthetic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=anesth​04 word=anesthetic

YourDictionary Audio:

anesthetic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anesthetic" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anesthetic

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