an·​es·​the·​si·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌa-nəs-ˌthē-zē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce anesthesiology (audio) \

Definition of anesthesiology

: a branch of medical science dealing with anesthesia and anesthetics

Examples of anesthesiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The competitors’ occupations include everything from teaching math to dentistry to anesthesiology. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 During the trial, each side presented experts in anesthesiology and pharmacology who offered differing opinions on the effectiveness of midazolam in rendering an inmate unable to feel pain. Sean Murphy, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2022 Michael Kent, a professor of anesthesiology at Duke University, noted Diatchenko’s study focused on patients with lower-back pain. Jason Mast, STAT, 14 May 2022 That’s not the case with Kim Peavler, an anesthesiology nurse at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Joel Zivot, an associate professor of anesthesiology and surgery at Emory University and the sole witness called by Husel’s defense, told The Washington Post that he was relieved the jury determined that disease, not fentanyl, caused the 14 deaths. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 The presence of stereotypes that connect men with anesthesiology exerts a lot of influence over our decision-making. Shaheena Janjuha-jivraj, Forbes, 12 June 2021 Chronic pain, among the most mysterious and hard-to-study medical phenomena, was the first use for which the FDA approved deep brain stimulation, said Prasad Shirvalkar, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at UCSF. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 Kalamas specializes in anesthesiology with a focus on perioperative medicine, which ensures the many factors that influence surgical success — before, during and after an operation — are properly managed. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'anesthesiology.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of anesthesiology

1911, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About anesthesiology

Time Traveler for anesthesiology

Time Traveler

The first known use of anesthesiology was in 1911

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near anesthesiology




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for anesthesiology

Last Updated

22 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Anesthesiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for anesthesiology


variants: or chiefly British anaesthesiology \ -​jē How to pronounce anesthesiology (audio) \
plural anesthesiologies

Medical Definition of anesthesiology

: a branch of medical science dealing with anesthesia and anesthetics

More from Merriam-Webster on anesthesiology Encyclopedia article about anesthesiology


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!