To administer a drug or other substance to cause a loss of feeling or consciousness.
Mid-19th century, from greek anesthēsis (insensibility) + -ize.
- The patient was anesthetized before the surgery.
- The dentist anesthetized the area before drilling.
- The patient was anesthetized with a general anesthetic.
- The procedure will be done under local anesthesia, you won't need to be anesthetized.
- The patient was anesthetized with a spinal block.
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