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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Then her eggs were harvested by needle under general anesthesia. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paying women to donate their eggs for research is still a terrible idea," 23 Aug. 2019 Researchers found a reduction in the number of kids referred to surgery under general anesthesia for their early childhood cavities in communities with DHATs. Anchorage Daily News, "The living legacy of Alaska’s community health aides," 4 June 2019 However, once a person is past infancy, the surgery may require general anesthesia and may take weeks to heal. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 An anesthesiologist will be called in ASAP and you’ll usually be given general anesthesia, which knocks you out. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What An Emergency C-Section Actually Is," 9 Aug. 2018 But, unlike a surgical sterilization procedure (tubal ligation), getting Essure doesn't require surgery or general anesthesia. Korin Miller, SELF, "Bayer Announced it Will Stop Selling Controversial Birth Control Device Essure in the U.S.," 23 July 2018 That then takes place at a surgical center, where you’ll be put under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 What’s more, risks climb with time spent under general anesthesia. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 In a new installment of 'The Younger Games,' actress Kelly Deadmon visits the Elite Body Sculpture office of Dr. Aaron Rollins for Airsculpt Liposuction, which requires no needles, scalpel, general anesthesia, or stitches. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Liposuction Technique Will Blow Your Mind," 7 June 2017

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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


Medical Definition of general anesthesia

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

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