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

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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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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