麻酔 [ますい] – anesthesia
- 麻 [マ・あさ] – hemp
- 酔 [スイ・よう] – to be drunk
麻 can also be seen in the words 麻薬 [まやく], meaning anything from narcotics to “dope,” and 麻布, which can be read in different ways: あさぬの or まふ, meaning “hemp cloth” or “linen,” as well as あざぶ, which is the name of an area in Tokyo’s Minatoku.
酔 is commonly seen in the phrase 酔っ払い [よっぱらい], meaning “drunkard.”