an|es|thet|ic [ ,ænəs`θetık ] noun count or uncount
a drug or gas given to someone before a medical operation to stop them feeling pain. Anesthetics that affect the whole of your body by making you unconscious are called general anesthetics and anesthetics that make you have no feeling in only a part of your body are called local anesthetics:
The procedure is usually carried out under anesthetic.

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