general anesthesia

noun

Definition of general anesthesia

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Francis underwent three hours of abdominal surgery under general anesthesia on July 4, and later that night was described by the Holy See as having responded well. Time, 12 July 2021 Francis underwent three hours of abdominal surgery under general anesthesia on July 4, and later that night was described by the Holy See as having responded well. Frances D'emilio, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2021 Thanks to this work, the incidence of deaths caused by general anesthesia fell from more than 1 in 5,000 patients in the 1950s through the 1980s to as few as 1 in 250,000 by 2000 — a 50-fold improvement. Stephan Landsman, STAT, 6 Aug. 2021 Francis underwent three hours of surgery under general anesthesia the evening of July 4, and later that night was described by the Holy See as having responded well. Fox News, 11 July 2021 Pope Francis was spending his first morning convalescing on Monday in a Rome hospital following intestinal surgery under general anesthesia and reportedly doing well. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 Currently, patients are required to undergo general anesthesia for this type of procedure. Janelle James, Detroit Free Press, 28 June 2021 Painful and time-consuming, eardrum repairs often require surgery under general anesthesia leading to costly medical bills. Janelle James, Detroit Free Press, 28 June 2021 According to the American Cancer Society, a biopsied sentinel lymph node tissue showing the presence of cancer cells may indicate that the lymph nodes around the area are to be surgically removed under general anesthesia. Seraphina Seow, Health.com, 23 June 2021

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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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“General anesthesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/general%20anesthesia. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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general anesthesia

noun

Medical Definition of general anesthesia

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

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