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 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 Usually when this happens, doctors will anesthetize a patient and cut off the item, trapping the tongue. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The Brilliant Hack Doctors Used to Free a Kid's Tongue from a Bottle," 1 Nov. 2019 Officials had to cordon off Cortina's shopping square to allow local veterinarians to catch the animal, anesthetize it and bring it back to the wild. Fox News, "Two deer rescued after they get stuck in Italian clothing shop, swimming pool in Germany," 2 Oct. 2019 But he has been anesthetized and does not react to the experts preparing him for his new adventure and, perhaps, the end of an era at the zoo. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "As a panda era closes, Bei Bei gets a checkup and ‘signs’ some keepsakes," 4 Sep. 2019 On Thursday, the zebra was anesthetized so that the specialists could perform some followup treatment to its hoof. Johnny Diaz,, "'Mani-pedi’ for endangered zebra in Miami," 13 Sep. 2019 While even restaurants that claim to know better may not be up to the requirements of polite dining, even basic establishments are anesthetized to customers dropping silverware on the floor. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Fiancee-no-more is asked to return all gifts," 8 Aug. 2019 For much of the next 15 years, Crosby anesthetized himself with heroin and freebase cocaine, doing significant harm to both his musical relationships and his relationship to music. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Most Interesting Man in Rock: How David Crosby Survived Everything — and Lived to Sing About It," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of anesthetize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Anesthetize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 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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