preanesthetic medication


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pre·an·es·thet·ic med·i·ca·tion

drugs administered before an anesthetic to decrease anxiety and to obtain a smoother induction of, maintenance of, and emergence from anesthesia.

preanesthetic medication

pre·an·es·thet·ic med·i·ca·tion

(prēan-es-thetik medi-kāshŭn)
Drugs administered before an anesthetic to decrease anxiety and obtain smoother induction of, maintenance of, and emergence from anesthesia.
Synonym(s): premedication.
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