One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Insensitivity to pain, especially as artificially induced by the administration of gases or the injection of drugs before surgical operations.
- ‘Permanent pain relief with anesthesia can be achieved with injections of phenol into the pain trigger point.’
- ‘This can be overcome, however, with skillful administration of anesthesia.’
- ‘Maybe the numbness is the body providing temporary anesthesia for the pain.’
- ‘Patients admitted to being more afraid of anesthesia than the actual surgical procedure.’
- ‘Epidural anesthesia has become increasingly popular for pain control during labor.’
- ‘All surgical interventions and anesthesia were conducted in conformity with institutioned guidelines.’
- ‘This is a major operation requiring single lung anaesthesia, and many patients with cardiac or underlying lung disease will not tolerate it.’
- ‘Epidural anaesthesia is a safe and reliable method of pain relief.’
- ‘Body piercing is traditionally done without any anesthesia to dull the pain.’
- ‘It is usually performed as a day case surgical procedure under general anaesthesia.’
- ‘Topical anesthesia is administered by instilling anesthetic drops into the eye.’
- ‘It is also possible to induce anaesthesia with anaesthetic gases, breathed through a mask.’
- ‘Epidural anaesthesia is particularly suitable for certain operations.’
- ‘For many years pessaries have been used to treat prolapse, although their use has decreased with advances in anaesthesia and surgical techniques.’
- ‘We speculated that the effects of surgical injury and anaesthesia might be as important as the use of cardiopulmonary bypass in causing impairment.’
- ‘Coexisting conditions may compromise anesthesia and increase surgical risk.’
- ‘The scrub persons drape the patient, and the surgeon infiltrates the surgical site with local anesthesia.’
- ‘If an adult needed to be circumcised, he would be given anesthesia and postoperative pain relief.’
- ‘Patients have many fears regarding surgery, including fear of death, anesthesia, and pain.’
- ‘The anesthesia care provider administers anesthesia while the patient remains on the stretcher.’
Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek anaisthēsia, from an- ‘without’ + aisthēsis ‘sensation’.
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