- the act or process of reducing excitement, nervousness, or irritation, esp. by means of sedatives
- the state so induced
Origin of sedationClassical Latin sedatio, a calming ; from sedare: see sedate
- Reduction of anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement by administration of a sedative agent or drug.
- The state or condition induced by a sedative.
Origin of sedationMiddle English sedacioun, from Old French sedation, from Latin sēdātiō, sēdātiōn-, from sēdātus, past participle of sēdāre, to calm; see sedate1.
- The act of sedating, especially by use of sedatives.
- The patient was so agitated that the doctor resorted to sedation.