anes·​the·​tized ə-ˈnes-thə-ˌtīzd How to pronounce anesthetized (audio)
 British  -ˈnēs-
: having lost sensation to pain due to the effects of an anesthetic : experiencing anesthesia especially with accompanying loss of consciousness
Introduced in Munich a few years ago, focused high-energy shock waves are used to fragment upper-tract calculi. The anesthetized patient is suspended in a water bath that transmits the energy pulses.Lowell R. King
also : having the senses dulled as if by an anesthetic
One Christmas, after I wrote a book, I stood autographing copies of it for six hours at a chain store … and felt its peculiar dementia, low and steadily throbbing from fluorescent lights, air conditioners, and electronic systems including synthesized violins playing homogenous hymns to the anesthetized people, and knew that somewhere we had gone wrong. Garrison Keillor

Examples of anesthetized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Getting blood samples from anesthetized or restrained wild primates in zoos or captive breeding centers was often challenging, says another contributor, Govindhaswamy Umapathy. Byelizabeth Pennisi,, 1 June 2023 In an anesthetized cat, the brain responds the same way to any sound, with a noisy crackle of neural activity. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2019 To test the machine, the team caused cardiac arrest in anesthetized pigs. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2022 Cher plays an anesthetized version of herself who passes the screen time by wearing clothes, talking to a dog, having great legs, and complaining about Sonny’s motorcycle. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 20 May 2021 To discover the purposes of these pathways, the research team stimulated the paws of anesthetized mice and silenced one pathway at a time to understand the two processes. Zeina Mohammed,, 30 Nov. 2022 Journalism doesn’t require an anesthetized moral faculty. George Packer, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2022 After using their laser approach to observe the hair follicles inside the ears of anesthetized mice, Dr. Yi made a surprising discovery. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 To conduct the experiment, researchers in Tunisia placed the heads of anesthetized dogs in two cages made of netting. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anesthetized was in 1860

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“Anesthetized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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