anes·​the·​tize | \ ə-ˈnes-thə-ˌtīz How to pronounce anesthetize (audio) , British -ˈnēs- \
anesthetized; anesthetizing

Definition of anesthetize

transitive verb

: to subject to anesthesia

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Examples of anesthetize in a Sentence

The doctor anesthetized the patient by an intravenous injection. She was anesthetized before the operation.
Recent Examples on the Web The zoo had to anesthetize the two-hundred-pound cat and take samples from her nose, throat, and respiratory tract, then ship them off to veterinary labs at Cornell University and the University of Illinois. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Some Zoos, and Some of Their Animals, May Not Survive the Pandemic," 18 May 2020 If supplies run low, the guidance recommends substituting one type of pain medication for another in short supply, reusing protective gear, and turning machines that anesthetize patients into ventilators. Mallory Moench,, "New state guidelines would force hospitals to make agonizing choices in a coronavirus surge," 22 Apr. 2020 According to SASH’s statement posted with the video, the team anesthetized the large reptile before taking radiographs to find where the towel was exactly in her body. Cady Lang, Time, "Vets Pull Entire Beach Towel From Snake Who Just Can't Wait for Summer," 28 Feb. 2020 Etorphine—an opioid about 1,000 times more potent than morphine—is the preferred anesthetizing agent, but some giraffes resist doses that would knock out an elephant. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020 The Fed showed once again that central banks can anesthetize investors against bad news, one way to prevent a nasty feedback loop from crashing stock prices into the real economy. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Investors Shouldn’t Take Much Solace From Central Bank Resolve," 3 Mar. 2020 To extract the towel from her, veterinarians -- including Dr. Olivia Clarke -- took radiographs to confirm the cloth's location within the serpent, who was then anesthetized for the procedure. Fox News, "Vets remove entire beach towel from Monty the python," 1 Mar. 2020 The 425-pound predator, named Kuzma, was anesthetized for a four-and-a-half-hour root canal on one of his large fangs, during which he was tended to by a team of 13 dentists, veterinarians and zoo-keepers, according to SWNS. Fox News, "Giant 425-pound Siberian tiger undergoes hours-long root canal surgery, incredible images show," 10 Jan. 2020 Blond, neurotic mom (Elizabeth Stanley, in an unfortunate stringy wig) pops the titular illicit meds to anesthetize herself from frustrated ennui. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical.," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of anesthetize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Anesthetize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anesthetize

medical : to give drugs to (a patient) so that no pain can be felt : to give an anesthetic to (a patient)


transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British anaesthetize also anaesthetise \ -​thə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce anaesthetise (audio) \
anesthetized or chiefly British anesthetized also anesthetised; anesthetizing or chiefly British anesthetizing also anesthetising

Medical Definition of anesthetize

: to subject to anesthesia

Other Words from anesthetize

anesthetization or chiefly British anaesthetization also anaesthetisation \ ə-​ˌnes-​thət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən, British -​ˌnēs-​ \ noun

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