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An anesthetic (5 letter answer)

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The answer ETHER is seen frequently, appearing about once every 110 puzzles.

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ETHER as a noun:

1. (ether, ethoxyethane, divinyl ether, vinyl ether, diethyl ether, ethyl ether) = a colorless volatile highly inflammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic
2. (quintessence, ether) = the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
3. any of a class of organic compounds that have two hydrocarbon groups linked by an oxygen atom
4. (ether, aether) = a medium that was once supposed to fill all space and to support the propagation of electromagnetic waves