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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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 At Mount Sinai, Deiner has been administering two-hour-long general anesthesia to healthy seniors who receive cognitive tests and brain scans before and after. Judith Graham, chicagotribune.com, "Surgery causes cognitive losses in some seniors," 22 May 2018 At Mount Sinai, Deiner has been administering two-hour-long general anesthesia to healthy seniors who receive cognitive tests and brain scans before and after. Judith Graham, chicagotribune.com, "Surgery causes cognitive losses in some seniors," 22 May 2018 At Mount Sinai, Deiner has been administering two-hour-long general anesthesia to healthy seniors who receive cognitive tests and brain scans before and after. Judith Graham, chicagotribune.com, "Surgery causes cognitive losses in some seniors," 22 May 2018 At Mount Sinai, Deiner has been administering two-hour-long general anesthesia to healthy seniors who receive cognitive tests and brain scans before and after. Judith Graham, chicagotribune.com, "Surgery causes cognitive losses in some seniors," 22 May 2018

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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

noun

Medical Definition of general anesthesia 

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

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