- anesthetic agents
- anesthetic drugs
- Agents that are capable of inducing a total or partial loss of sensation, especially tactile sensation and pain. They may act to induce general anesthesia, in which an unconscious state is achieved, or may act locally to induce numbness or lack of sensation at a targeted site.
Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- (an-es-THET-iks) Substances that cause loss of feeling or awareness. Local anesthetics cause loss of feeling in a part of the body. General anesthetics put the person to sleep.
Definition from: NCI Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.