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English definition of “anaesthetic”

anaesthetic

noun [U or C] (mainly US anesthetic)     /ˌæn.əsˈθet.ɪk/ US  /-ˈθet̬-/
a substance that makes you unable to feel pain: The operation is performed under anaesthetic. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic (= a substance that makes you unable to feel pain in part of your body). I've never had a general anaesthetic (= a substance that makes you unconscious so you do not feel pain).Specific medicines and drugsSpecific types of drug
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