anesthesia

noun an·es·the·sia \ ˌa-nəs-ˈthē-zhə \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of anesthesia

: loss of sensation with or without loss of consciousness
  • The patient was given an injection to induce anesthesia.

Examples of anesthesia in a Sentence

  1. The patient was given an injection to induce anesthesia.

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Origin and Etymology of anesthesia

New Latin, from Greek anaisthēsia insensibility, from a- + aisthēsis perception, from aisthanesthai to perceive — more at audible



ANESTHESIA Defined for English Language Learners

anesthesia

noun

Definition of anesthesia for English Language Learners

  • medical : loss of feeling in a person's body or part of the body through the use of drugs


ANESTHESIA Defined for Kids

anesthesia

noun an·es·the·sia \ ˌa-nəs-ˈthē-zhə \

Definition of anesthesia for Students

: loss of feeling in all or part of the body with or without loss of consciousness The patient was given an injection before surgery to produce anesthesia.

Medical Dictionary

anesthesia

noun an·es·the·sia
variants: or chiefly British anaesthesia play \ˌan-əs-ˈthē-zhə\

medical Definition of anesthesia

1 : loss of sensation especially to touch usually resulting from a lesion in the nervous system or from some other abnormality
2 : loss of sensation and usually of consciousness without loss of vital functions artificially produced by the administration of one or more agents that block the passage of pain impulses along nerve pathways to the brain


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