general anesthesia


Definition of general anesthesia

: anesthesia affecting the entire body and accompanied by loss of consciousness — compare local anesthesia

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general anesthetic noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Musk promised that the surgery would only take about an hour, wouldn't require general anesthesia, and the recipient can go home with their implant the same day. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Musk says that Neuralink implants are close to ready for human testing," 29 Aug. 2020 For the sperm, this usually entails a man masturbating into a plastic cup; for the eggs, this step takes place in an operating room and involves painkillers and often general anesthesia. Popular Science, "Most Americans can’t afford fertility treatments anymore—so they’re going abroad," 24 Aug. 2020 The operation was conducted at George Washington University Hospital under general anesthesia. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Fauci at home recovering from surgery to remove polyp on vocal cord," 20 Aug. 2020 The network's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said that Fauci had general anesthesia and that doctors had encouraged him to stop talking to let his vocal cords rest. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Fauci undergoes surgery to remove polyp from vocal cord," 20 Aug. 2020 Testing big cats requires general anesthesia, which poses certain health risks to the animals. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Tiger in the Bronx Zoo Tested Positive for COVID-19," 8 Apr. 2020 Under the current treatment, doctors implant a shunt in an operation performed under general anesthesia, the company said., "The week in business," 13 June 2020 Although her sister, Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions have also developed similar symptoms — including a dry cough — only one tiger was tested for COVID-19 as the test requires a large amount of general anesthesia for each animal. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo Tests Positive For Coronavirus (Video)," 7 Apr. 2020 Since the animals must be put under general anesthesia to receive the test, the attending veterinarian decided not to test the other animals, according to the USDA. Hillary Leung, Time, "A Tiger at the Bronx Zoo Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of general anesthesia

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of general anesthesia was in 1881

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12 Sep 2020

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“General anesthesia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of general anesthesia

: anesthesia affecting the entire body and accompanied by loss of consciousness

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