1846, "insensible," from Greek anaisthetos "insensate, without experience; senseless, stupid" (identify anaesthesia). Noun meaning "agent that produces anesthesia" very first found in modern-day good sense 1848 by Scottish physician James teenage Simpson (1811-1870), discoverer regarding the medical utilizes of chloroform.
a drug that triggers temporary reduced physical sensations
- characterized by insensibility
- associated with or producing insensibility
- with the capacity of making insensible; as, anaesthetic agents.
- described as, or associated with, insensibility; since, an anaesthetic result or operation.
- whatever creates insensibility to discomfort, as chloroform, ether, etc.
(a.) Capable of making insensible; because, anaesthetic representatives.
- (a.) described as, or associated with, insensibility; since, an anaesthetic effect or procedure.
- (letter.) Whatever produces insensibility to discomfort, as chloroform, ether, etc.
For the anaesthetic properties of ether see Anaesthesia.