anaestheticnoun [ U or C ]mainly UK US usually anesthetic uk /ˌæn.əsˈθet.ɪk/ us /ˌæn.əsˈθet̬.ɪk/
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic (= a substance that makes you unable to feel pain in part of your body).
(Definition of “anaesthetic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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