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Meaning of anesthetic

an•es•thet•ic

Pronunciation: (an"us-thet'ik), [key]
— n.
  1. a substance that produces anesthesia, as halothane, procaine, or ether.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to or causing physical insensibility: an anesthetic gas.
  2. physically insensitive: Halothane is used to produce an anesthetic state.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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