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

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 prison was using a new, unproven drug that some experts said wouldn’t anesthetize an inmate as the painful second and third drugs were administered. Ziva Branstetter, ProPublica, 29 July 2022 Against feckless public response to tragedy, Morrissey pinpoints the thoughtless way pop culture can be misused to anesthetize the populace. Armond White, National Review, 20 July 2022 Immediately prior to the procedure, your doctor will administer eye drops to dilate your pupil and anesthetize your eye. Hoopes Vision, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 So the first step is figuring out a way to anesthetize the eel. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 According to Tang, the aquarium vets usually put a powder in the water to anesthetize fish, unlike humans, who breathe it in via a gas. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 Callahan’s colleagues could do to keep them alive: anesthetize them and place them on ventilators. Brendan Borrell, Rolling Stone, 8 Dec. 2021 And some evidence suggests that people with intense anxiety about their procedure are more difficult to anesthetize, maybe because their fight-or-flight response or some other neurochemical reaction inhibits the anesthetic’s effectiveness. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 1 Nov. 2021 Mollification of observers’ experiences in both instances may anesthetize feelings regarding natural death or killing. Ira Bedzow, STAT, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of anesthetize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Anesthetize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British anaesthetize also anaesthetise \ -​thə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce anesthetize (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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