An anesthetic drug that induces local anesthesia by inhibiting nerve excitation or conduction.
(plural local anesthetics)
- (medicine) An anesthetic (anesthetic substance) that causes loss of sensation only to the area to which it is applied.
Variant of local
- relating to place
- of, characteristic of, or confined to a particular place or district: items of local interest
- not broad; restricted; narrow: local outlook
- of or for a particular part or specific area of the body; not general
- ☆ making all stops along its run: a local bus
- Chiefly Brit. of or relating to specific portions or details of a literary text, as distinguished from its overall structure, themes, style, etc.
Origin of localMiddle English locall ; from Old French local ; from Late Latin localis ; from Classical Latin locus, a place ; from Indo-European an unverified form stlokos ; from base an unverified form stel-, to set up, stand, location from source stalk, stall, still, Classical Greek stellein, to put
- ☆ a local train, bus, etc.
- ☆ a newspaper item of local interest only
- ☆ a chapter or branch of a labor union
- Informal a resident of a particular place: they tried to convince the locals
- Brit., Informal a neighborhood pub
- an anesthetic that numbs only a small area of the body, allowing the patient to remain conscious during minor surgery, a biopsy, etc.in full local anesthetic