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.

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Sodium thiopental, the barbiturate used in the injection that killed Brooks, and pancuronium bromide are typically used in medical settings to anesthetize patients — they were not designed for use in lethal injection procedures. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Then Sofina was briefly anesthetized to get a blood sample. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.," 29 June 2018 The zoo staff decided to run some tests, anesthetizing him with a dart. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018 There are plays that seduce and anesthetize and candy-coat everything to make the world taste good. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "Father Comes Home From the Wars," 13 June 2018 Some of it was detailed medical research, like finding specific nerves responsible for pain in shoulders and knees to anesthetize during surgery rather than the more common larger nerves. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: A good step in the opioid crisis | Commentary," 7 June 2018 The team found that infraslow waves traveled through the cortical layers of the awake rodents’ brains—and changed direction when the animals were anesthetized. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Superslow Brain Waves May Play a Critical Role in Consciousness," 23 May 2018 Later that afternoon the terrier is anesthetized and his still body disappears into the great machine. Amy Sutherland,, "An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?," 16 May 2018 Perhaps anesthetizing us to the violence was part of the point. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The House That Jack Built': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of anesthetize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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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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