general anesthetic


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general anesthetic

[¦jen·rəl ‚an·əs′thed·ik]
(pharmacology)
An agent that produces general anesthesia.
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Recent human studies suggest that a single, relatively short exposure to general anesthetic and sedation drugs in infants or toddlers is unlikely to have negative effects on behavior or learning.
Moreover, when used for surgery, nitrous oxide is always combined with other general anesthetic agents.
For years, patients have reported a burning feeling at the site of a general anesthetic injection, or in the lungs when inhaling gaseous forms of the drugs, which put a patient into an unconscious sleep.
Then, we set our sights on general anesthetics," says Rudolph.
The procedure can be performed under a local or a general anesthetic, depending upon the patient's preference.
General anesthetic drugs that physicians commonly administer to children undergoing surgery, when given to baby rats, trigger brain cells to commit a cellular form of suicide that leads to lasting memory and learning deficits, neuroscientists have found.
Implanting tubes to drain the middle ear, a surgical procedure known as tympanostomy, is the most common surgery requiring a general anesthetic performed on children under age 2.

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