Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
  2. (adj, all) characterized by insensibility
    an anesthetic state
  3. (adj, pert) relating to or producing insensibility

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Anaesthetic

  1. 1846, "insensible," from Gk. anaisthetos "without feeling" (see anaesthesia). Noun meaning "agent that produces anesthesia" first used in modern sense 1848 by professor James Young Simpson (1811-1870), discoverer of chloroform. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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