- Medicine/Medical. general or local insensibility, as to pain and other sensation, induced by certain interventions or drugs to permit the performance of surgery or other painful procedures.
- Pathology. general loss of the senses of feeling, as pain, heat, cold, touch, and other less common varieties of sensation.
- Psychiatry. absence of sensation due to psychological processes, as in conversion disorders.
Origin of anesthesia
Examples from the Web for anesthesia
Someof the injured were being detained right after they awoke from anesthesia.Ukraine’s Mother Teresa Of The Maidan
February 28, 2014
"I told him that the sleep you get with anesthesia is not real sleep, not restful sleep," Quinn testified.Up to Speed: 5 Key Moments From the Michael Jackson AEG Trial
September 28, 2013
The procedure, anesthesia, and a checkup two weeks after total up to 550 dollars.Inside an Oklahoma Abortion Clinic
January 22, 2013
Jose numbed her skin with cream and anesthesia before injecting eight “huge” needles into her rear.Illegal Butt Injections Are on the Rise and Women Are at Risk
Lizzie Crocker, Caitlin Dickson
October 13, 2012
“He gave me only his beauty,” she says, and shielded her from the anesthesia abuse that ultimately killed him.Rushka Bergman, Stylist to Michael Jackson, on Remaking Bebe
September 12, 2012
I urge the reader not to stick pins in himself to test the anesthesia.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
These methods of anesthesia are very important and have merit.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
Anesthesia from it sets in more rapidly and lasts longer than with cocaine.Merck's 1899 Manual
Merck & Co.
They've been mighty good to us—but do you remember the anesthesia?Herland
Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
One element that is extremely important for anesthesia is deep breathing.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
- the usual US spelling of anaesthesia
Word Origin and History for anesthesia
- Total or partial loss of sensation, especially tactile sensibility, induced by disease, injury, acupuncture, or an anesthetic.
- Local or general insensibility to pain with or without the loss of consciousness, induced by an anesthetic.
- A drug that induces partial or total loss of sensation and may be topical, local, regional, or general, depending on the method of administration and area of the body affected.
- Total or partial loss of sensation to touch or pain, caused by nerve injury or disease, or induced intentionally, especially by the administration of anesthetic drugs, to provide medical treatment. The first public use of ether to anesthetize a patient in Boston in 1846 initiated widespread acceptance of anesthetics in the Western world for surgical procedures and obstetrics. General anesthesia, administered as inhalation or intravenous agents, acts primarily on the brain, resulting in a temporary loss of consciousness. Regional or local anesthesia affects sensation in a specific anatomic area, and includes topical application of local anesthetics, blocking of peripheral nerves, spinal anesthesia, and epidural anesthesia, which is used commonly during childbirth.