anesthetize

verb anes·the·tize \ -thə-ˌtīz \
Updated on: 1 May 2018

Definition of anesthetize

anesthetized; anesthetizing
: to subject to anesthesia

Examples of anesthetize in a Sentence

  1. The doctor anesthetized the patient by an intravenous injection.

  2. She was anesthetized before the operation.

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First Known Use of anesthetize

1848

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ANESTHETIZE Defined for English Language Learners

anesthetize

Definition of anesthetize for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

anesthetize

transitive verb anes·the·tize
variants: or chiefly British anaesthetize also anaesthetise play \-thə-ˌtīz\

medical Definition of anesthetize

anesthetized or chiefly British anesthetized also anesthetised; anesthetizing or chiefly British anesthetizing also anesthetising
: to subject to anesthesia

anesthetization

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


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