Meaning of ketamine in English:

ketamine

noun

mass noun
  • A synthetic compound used as an anaesthetic and analgesic drug and also (illicitly) as a hallucinogen.

    Chemical formula: C₁₃H₁₆NOCl

    • ‘We reported that a large proportion of users did not combine ketamine with other drugs.’
    • ‘In other words, ketamine was the drug of choice for a number of users during a specific drug injection event.’
    • ‘Among these drugs, ketamine is particularly noteworthy because it is commonly administered in multiple ways.’
    • ‘Most dangerously, anaesthetics and tranquillisers such as ketamine may also be added to ecstasy tablets.’
    • ‘Preoperative haemorrhage and hypotension are contraindications to spinal anaesthesia, and ketamine is used in only severely ill women.’
    • ‘Operations were undertaken using ketamine and midazolam for anaesthesia.’
    • ‘In particular, the barbiturates, ketamine, and propofol are often reserved for deep sedation/general anesthesia and should be used with caution.’
    • ‘Interestingly, many abusers of ketamine report that the drug's effects are dependent upon the setting within which it is abused.’
    • ‘Researchers found more and more users are turning to ketamine, a veterinary anaesthetic with strong hallucinogenic properties.’
    • ‘As a pharmaceutical, ketamine is distributed in a liquid form that can be ingested or injected.’
    • ‘General anesthesia was induced with ketamine and xylazine, and maintained with ketamine.’
    • ‘The study included 41 healthy subjects who were given amphetamine, ketamine and then saline, in varying sequence.’
    • ‘Hong Kong customs agents have made a record seizure of the party drug ketamine and arrested four Singaporeans and three Malaysians.’
    • ‘The number of arrests involving the party drug ketamine has more than doubled in a year and offenders appear to be getting younger.’
    • ‘Firstly, ketamine is not just a veterinary anaesthetic but is still available in most operating theatres.’
    • ‘Despite high doses of intravenous morphine and ketamine, the pain was unbearable.’
    • ‘Recent trends have favored the use of medications such as etomidate and ketamine, while familiar agents such as fentanyl and mid-azolam continue to be used widely.’
    • ‘Chloral hydrate, midazolam and ketamine are frequently used for sedation, but each has drawbacks.’
    • ‘The three most popular drugs consumed in discos in Shenzhen were ketamine, ecstasy and cannabis.’
    • ‘Ketamine is injected intramuscularly, and as this leaves no visible traces of blood, the group that uses ketamine tends not to clean their needles.’

Origin

1960s blend of ketone and amine.

Pronunciation

ketamine

/ˈkiːtəmiːn/