anaesthetic /ˌanɪsˈθɛtɪk / ‹US› anesthetic


I. noun

1. a substance that induces insensitivity to pain.
2. [treated as sing.] ( anaesthetics) the study or practice of anaesthesia.

he trained as a medical technical officer, working in anaesthetics.
II. adjective

inducing or relating to insensitivity to pain.

anaesthetic drugs and gases.
– origin mid 19th cent.: from Greek anaisthētos ‘insensible’, related to anaisthēsia (see anaesthesia), + -ic.

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