Definition of anesthetize in English:


(British anaesthetize)


  • 1 Administer an anesthetic to (a person or animal), especially so as to induce a loss of consciousness.

    • ‘After anesthetizing and intubating the patient, the anesthesia care provider inserts an arterial line, a central line, and an oral gastric tube.’
    • ‘The doctor was charged with manslaughter, and the prosecution alleged that he had intended, by himself, to anaesthetise the patient with methohexitone.’
    • ‘The patient is then anesthetized in the usual fashion and double lumen intubation is performed.’
    • ‘He was called on to anaesthetise many eminent patients, who became donors to the medical school.’
    • ‘In these cases, we would stimulate the nerve or the ear preoperatively by anesthetizing the ear and then through the ear drum place an electrode onto the inner ear to determine if the patient could hear the sound.’
    • ‘Unless the cat is already moribund, the veterinarian will need to lightly sedate or anesthetize the patient.’
    • ‘He anaesthetised all thoracic and cardiac patients almost singlehandedly for the next few years and introduced surface hypothermia in 1956.’
    • ‘Coordinating permission to remove the restraints from a patient who has been anesthetized should occur before the procedure is ready to begin.’
    • ‘The anesthesia care provider anesthetizes the patient using a balanced technique of IV induction and inhalation maintenance.’
    • ‘The anesthesia care provider then anesthetizes and intubates the patient, after which the surgeon performs prethoracotomy bronchoscopy.’
    • ‘Also, for many years he anaesthetised patients for consultant colleagues at Wincanton Memorial Hospital.’
    • ‘After the anesthesia care provider anesthetizes the patient, the circulating nurse places the robot's arms at the side of the patient's thorax below the midaxillary line.’
    • ‘The anesthesia care provider either anesthetizes the patient using an endotracheal tube and general anesthesia or places an epidural catheter and administers a regional anesthetic.’
    • ‘The audience learns early on that he wanders the hospital at night, anaesthetises female patients in their sleep and interferes with them.’
    • ‘They adapted a machine to check how deeply patients are anaesthetised before surgery.’
    • ‘He took the major procedures, but Ms K or one of her trained theatre technicians would anesthetize patients when required.’
    • ‘The patient was anaesthetised using acupuncture.’
    • ‘In the early 1940s, it became customary to anaesthetize patients with barbiturate injections.’
    • ‘One small OR that was located away from traffic was for ‘special, private cases,’ and an adjacent room was used to anesthetize the patient.’
    • ‘He immediately administered medication to anesthetize the patient and proceeded to intubate the patient.’
    stupefied, insensible, befuddled
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    1. 1.1Deprive of feeling or awareness.
      ‘tragedy of a magnitude that anesthetizes the mind’
      • ‘It has taken many decades of determined work by the power elite to effectively anesthetize the minds of young people.’
      • ‘He returned to the theme of language as an obscurer of reality, saying that American leaders use it to anesthetize the public.’
      • ‘The only way my mind could manage the events was to anesthetize itself.’
      • ‘The government is thus able to anesthetize the public to tolerate — and indeed expect — decisions that are made without regard to right or wrong, but solely on the basis of the relative political influence of rent seekers and property owners.’
      • ‘One is to anesthetize your throat and the other is to anesthetize your mind.’
      • ‘The new technology will anesthetize the public conscience along with the condemned man.’
      • ‘Feeling as though her mind had been anesthetized, she drifted off into an uneasy half sleep, hazily staring off into space and not noticing when her mother called her for dinner.’
      deprived of sensation, without feeling, numbed, benumbed, dead, deadened, desensitized, insensible, insensate, senseless, unfeeling
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