ether·​ize | \ ˈē-thə-ˌrīz How to pronounce etherize (audio) \
etherized; etherizing

Definition of etherize

transitive verb

1 : to treat or anesthetize with ether
2 : to make numb as if by anesthetizing

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Other Words from etherize

etherization \ ˌē-​thə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce etherize (audio) \ noun
etherizer noun

Examples of etherize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The patient, a woman in her twenties, lay etherized upon a table. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "Paging Dr. Robot," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of etherize

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Etherize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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transitive verb
variants: or British etherise \ ˈē-​thə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce etherize (audio) \
etherized or British etherised; etherizing or British etherising

Medical Definition of etherize

: to treat or anesthetize with ether

Other Words from etherize

etherization or British etherisation \ ˌē-​thə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce etherize (audio) \ noun

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