general anesthesia


: anesthesia affecting the entire body and accompanied by loss of consciousness compare local anesthesia
general anesthetic noun

Examples of general anesthesia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perry had levels akin to those in general anesthesia. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 The level found in his blood was about the same quantity as would be used during general anesthesia. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 Depending on the aims of the surgery and other factors, the procedure may involve local, regional, or general anesthesia. Stuart Hershman, Verywell Health, 27 June 2023 Austin underwent surgery under general anesthesia for prostate cancer Dec. 22 and transferred his authority to Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 The appropriate form of anesthesia will be administered: If general anesthesia is used, the medications are delivered through the IV line to put you completely to sleep. Stuart Hershman, Verywell Health, 27 June 2023 Doctors tell patients to stop eating before surgeries that require general anesthesia because of the risk it could be vomited up and end up in the lungs. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2024 Ketamine can be used for general anesthesia, but it’s typically used only for shorter procedures, like fixing dislocations and fractures. Lauren Dunn, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2023 During this stay, Secretary Austin never lost consciousness and never underwent general anesthesia. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of general anesthesia was in 1881

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“General anesthesia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

general anesthesia

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