Definition of preanaesthetic in English:

preanaesthetic

adjective

Medicine
  • 1Occurring before the introduction of anaesthesia into surgical practice.

  • 2Used, carried out, or occurring before the induction of anaesthesia.

noun

Medicine
  • A drug (typically a sedative, hypnotic, or analgesic) used before the induction of anaesthesia.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From pre- + anaesthetic.

Pronunciation

preanaesthetic

/ˌpriːanɪsˈθɛtɪk/