local anesthesia


Definition of local anesthesia

: loss of sensation in a limited and usually superficial area produced especially by an anesthetic affecting only a part of the body This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, and can be done by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon on an outpatient basis.Consumer Reports — compare general anesthesia

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local anesthetic noun
More than 60 percent of American women choose relief in the form of an epidural, a combination of local anesthetic and narcotic administered into the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord. — Melinda Wenner Moyer

First Known Use of local anesthesia

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of local anesthesia was in 1867

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“Local anesthesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local%20anesthesia. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of local anesthesia

: loss of sensation in a limited and usually superficial area especially from the effect of a local anesthetic

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