A combined experimental-theoretical technique was developed to determine the elastic properties of in-vitro canine aorta with and without the influence of a clinical anesthetic, i.e., Halothane. The results of four canine aortas of unknown ages show that the aortic tissue was dilated and became more compliant in the presence of Halothane. Also the axial force on an aorta tethered at its in-situ length was significantly reduced by the anesthetics.

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