general anesthetic

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general anesthetic

Any of various anesthetic drugs, usually administered by inhalation or intravenous injection, that produce general anesthesia.

gen·er·al an·es·thet·ic

(jen'ĕr-ăl an'es-thet'ik)
A compound that produces loss of sensation associated with loss of consciousness.
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Of the three million general anesthetics administered in the NHS each year, only a very small number of patients experience awareness during anesthesia, with the majority of these occurring before surgery starts or after it finishes."
Since the mid-19th century, surgeons and their grateful patients have made use of ether and other general anesthetics. Yet exactly how these compounds produce a painfree, unconscious state remains mysterious.
It has been more than 140 years since general anesthetics made their debut in traveling ether shows and the parlors of wealthy folk who took long drags of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) for recreation.

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