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Meaning of preanesthetic

pre•an•es•thet•ic

Pronunciation: (prē-an"us-thet'ik, prē"an-), [key]
— n.
  1. a substance that produces a preliminary or light anesthesia.
—adj.
  1. given prior to an anesthetic that induces total insensibility.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.