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Ketamine is a short-acting general anaesthetic for human and veterinary use. It is usually a powder, though it can also come in liquid form.
Ketamine was first synthesised in the 1960s as part of an effort to find a safer alternative to the anaesthetic phencyclidine, and it is still widely used as an anaesthetic. Its use as a recreational drug began to increase around the beginning of this century.
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