1. adjective /ˌænəsˈθɛtɪk/
Causing the reduction of pain sensitivity.
2. noun /ˌænəsˈθɛtɪk/
A substance administered to reduce the perception of pain or to induce numbness. An anesthetic may or may not render the recipient unconscious, depending upon the type used.

After a local anesthetic is applied to the eye, do not rub or wipe the eye until the anesthetic has worn off and feeling in the eye returns.

See Also: freezing

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