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An anesthetic drug that induces local anesthesia by inhibiting nerve excitation or conduction.
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local anestheticPain control An agent administered at the site of pain or anticipated pain–eg, before dental work or surgical incision Types Esters–hydrolyzed by pseudocholinesterase and amides–metabolized in the liver and excreted in urine; a vasoconstrictor, usually epinephrine, diluted to 1:200,000 may added to limit absorption, and enable use of more anesthetic. Cf General anesthesia.
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Medication applied topically to the skin or administered through an injection that deadens a specific part of the body and inhibits the sensation of pain.
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