• WordNet 3.6
    • adj anesthetic characterized by insensibility "the young girls are in a state of possession--blind and deaf and anesthetic","an anesthetic state"
    • adj anesthetic relating to or producing insensibility
    • n anesthetic a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cocaine was the first local anesthetic; being used as such from about 1884 onwards.
    • a Anesthetic Same as Anæsthesia Anæsthetic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The bite of a leech is painless due to its own anesthetic.
    • anesthetic Producing temporary loss or impairment of feeling or sensation; producing anæsthesia.
    • anesthetic Of or belonging to anæsthesia; characterized by anæsthesia, or physical insensibility: as, anesthetic effects.
    • n anesthetic A substance capable of producing anæsthesia. The anesthetics almost exclusively used for the production of general anæsthesia are ether, chloroform, and nitrous oxid (laughing-gas). Local anæsthesia is often produced by freezing the part with ether spray, or, in mucous membrane, by the application of cocaine.
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  • Frank Leahy
    Frank Leahy
    “Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    “Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.”


In literature:

Furthermore, it has an anesthetic effect upon the diseased tissues and relieves the pain.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He's full of anesthetic, and that should keep him quiet till we're back in normspace.
"The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz
The same applies to using any anesthetic gas or drug to render him unconscious.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Their tips were anesthetic.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
It's a sort of local anesthetic.
"The Chamber of Life" by Green Peyton Wertenbaker
It's almost an anesthetic.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
It was an anesthetic whose terrible properties he well understood.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Have to give you an anesthetic while I dig it out.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
There was no anesthetic in those days.
"Dangers of the Trail in 1865" by Charles E Young
But it is rather like having one's appendix cut out, she protests, without an anesthetic.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer

In poetry:

O kindness, kindness
Sweetly picking up pieces!
My Japanese silks, desperate butterflies,
May be pinned any minute, anesthetized.
"Kindness" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

If nausea cannot be prevented by routine prophylaxis with ondansetron (Drug information on ondansetron), switching the anesthetic agent may also be considered.
The anesthetic is injected into a vein typically in the hand which causes the entire arm to be anesthetized.
Carpal tunnel surgery is often done with this anesthetic .
The anesthetic can be released from the arm when the surgery is over.
A thorough physical exam will help the veterinarian to determine how healthy a patient is prior to anesthesia , and therefore make adjustments to the anesthetic plan where needed.
The amount of anesthetic gas delivered can be continually and carefully adjusted by a dedicated nurse anesthetist.
However, there are steps we can take to reduce this risk, including pre- anesthetic exams and blood work to assess potential problems and careful monitoring throughout the procedure.
Rappaport said questions include whether possible effects vary by anesthetic (most studies so far involved ketamine, a common anesthetic ), dose, age or length of exposure.
The lack of sodium thiopental developed after a more commonly used anesthetic called Propofol grew scarce, said Bona Benjamin with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Most university teaching hospitals require blood work within two weeks of a general anesthetic procedure, he said.
"The choice of anesthetic appears to be an important determinant ofpost-operative pain," Gerard Ahern, PhD, says in a news release.
Promethazine is an antihistamine, and propofol is a general anesthetic .
Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson, defended himself and his use of the surgical anesthetic propofol in interviews taped by NBC News just days before a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Neil Pollock does not need to put patients under general anesthetic to perform the procedure he has developed.
A local anesthetic is used.

In science:

Waals forces , the relevance of which is demonstrated by the mechanism of action of the general anesthetic gases that reversibly ablate consciousness.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Anesthetics act by disturbing such forces in the hydrophobic pockets of various brain proteins [32,33].
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
The effect of halothane, an anesthetic, is quite different.
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?
Surgical preparation and procedure for inducing transient focal cerebral ischemia Rats were anesthetized with chloral hydrate (300 mg/kg body weight, i.p.).
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Two hours after the EB injection, the rats were anesthetized with chloral hydrate and perfused with physiological saline through the left ventricle until colorless perfusion fluid was obtained from the vena cava (150-200 mL of saline).
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats