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Pronunciation: an′es-thet′ik


  1. A compound that reversibly depresses neuronal function, which produces loss of ability to perceive pain and/or other sensations.
  2. Collective designation for anesthetizing agents administered to a person at a particular time.
  3. Characterized by loss of sensation or capable of producing loss of sensation.
  4. Associated with or owing to the state of anesthesia.

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