Meaning of local anaesthetic in English:

local anaesthetic


mass noun
  • An anaesthetic that affects a restricted area of the body.

    Compare with general anaesthetic

    ‘a minor operation performed under local anaesthetic’
    • ‘the doctor administered a local anaesthetic’
    • ‘Babies who are circumcised are usually given a local anaesthetic because a general anaesthetic is more dangerous.’
    • ‘It is carried out by an anaesthetist and involves injecting local anaesthetic or painkilling drugs into the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord.’
    • ‘Surgery is done under local anaesthetic in the operating theatre.’
    • ‘For operations on a small area of the body, it is possible to simply inject local anaesthetic at the site of the operation.’
    • ‘The operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic but is sometimes carried out under local anaesthetic if preferred.’
    • ‘A local anaesthetic is usually given just before the general anaesthetic wears off so there is less pain for a few hours after the operation.’
    • ‘He underwent a surgical procedure under local anaesthetic for a condition affecting the extensor tendons.’
    • ‘Surgery is carried out under general or local anaesthetic.’
    • ‘You may need to have your gums numbed with an injection of local anaesthetic before the scaling, and you may feel a little discomfort afterwards.’
    • ‘An injection of local anaesthetic is given to the groin.’
    • ‘A small amount of local anaesthetic will be injected into your skin between the bones at the lower end of the back.’
    • ‘If a biopsy is needed, you can have some local anaesthetic injected into the cervix first.’
    • ‘Vasectomy can easily be performed as an outpatient operation under local anaesthetic.’
    • ‘Patients who have cataract surgery under topical local anaesthetic can have colourful visual experiences.’
    • ‘Both can be done under local anaesthetic as day case procedures.’
    • ‘The treatment is non-invasive and can be carried out after administering only a few drops of local anaesthetic.’
    • ‘All the theatres were full, so I had to suture this large laceration under local anaesthetic.’
    • ‘Root canal surgery is usually carried out under local anaesthetic although in some cases where the tooth has clearly died and is not sensitive this may not be necessary.’
    • ‘Both of these procedures are carried out with a fine needle under local anaesthetic at the same time as the woman's eggs are being collected.’
    • ‘In the awake patient the procedure is easily performed using local anaesthetic.’