local anesthesia

noun

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

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

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local anesthesia

noun

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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