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A general anesthetic given intravenously or intramuscularly, used especially for minor surgical procedures in which muscle relaxation is not required. It is used illegally as a recreational drug, and its antidepressant properties are under investigation.
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(Pharmacology) a drug, chemically related to PCP, that is used in medicine as a general anaesthetic, being administered by injection; cyclohexylamine
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|Noun||1.||ketamine - a general anesthetic and tranquilizer (not a barbiturate) that is administered intravenously or intramuscularly; used mainly by veterinarians or for minor surgery with geriatric or pediatric patients; taken in large doses it causes hallucinations similar to those associated with the use of PCP|
club drug - a controlled substance that is usually taken by young people at dance clubs and raves
general anaesthetic, general anesthetic - an anesthetic that anesthetizes the entire body and causes loss of consciousness
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