anesthesia

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

Definition of anesthesia 

: loss of sensation with or without loss of consciousness The patient was given intravenous medication to induce anesthesia. — see general anesthesia, local anesthesia

Examples of anesthesia in a Sentence

The patient was given an injection to induce anesthesia.

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Hospitals also are grappling with shortages of regional anesthesia — local injections of lidocaine, bupivacaine and a third painkiller standard for eye surgery, orthopedic procedures and knee and hip replacements. Washington Post, "US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 27 June 2018 Atrium says steps it's taken to ensure a smooth transition include conducting drills with the new doctors and Atrium's nurse anesthetists — specialists trained to administer anesthesia under the supervision of a physician. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Atrium nears big change with its anesthesiologists. Here's what patients should expect," 19 June 2018 Anthem’s Medical Policy and Technology Assessment Committee, a majority of whom are external physicians, reviewed the available evidence addressing the use of general anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care for cataract surgery. Michelle Andrews, sacbee, "Anthem calls on eye surgeons to monitor anesthesia during cataract surgery | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Feb. 2018 Previous iterations of this procedure relied on anesthesia to keep the oryx manageably calm. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Then the monolith morphed into a single word: anesthesia. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 The groom was rotating on pediatric surgery and the bride on pediatric anesthesia. New York Times, "Anna Ward, Daniel Frendl," 8 Apr. 2018 Later, driving the red panda back to his exhibit space at the front of the zoo, Dr. Alex Becket, an associate veterinarian, reported that Hoppy seemed to be recovering well from the anesthesia. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.," 29 June 2018 Hospitals also are grappling with shortages of regional anesthesia — local injections of lidocaine, bupivacaine and a third painkiller standard for eye surgery, orthopedic procedures and knee and hip replacements. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of anesthesia

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anesthesia

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

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anesthesia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anesthesia

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

anesthesia

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

Kids Definition of anesthesia

: 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.

anesthesia

noun
an·​es·​the·​sia
variants: or chiefly British anaesthesia \ 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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