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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


moderate sedation  listen  (MAH-deh-rut seh-DAY-shun)

  A level of sedation in which a person is asleep but wakes when spoken to or touched. Moderate sedation is caused by special drugs and is used to help relieve anxiety during certain medical or surgical procedures. Drugs that relieve pain may be given at the same time. Also called conscious sedation.