[ an-uhs-thee-zhuh ]
See synonyms for: anaesthesiaanaesthesiasanaesthetic on

nounMedicine/Medical, Pathology.

Other words from anaesthesia

  • an·aes·thet·ic [an-uhs-thet-ik], /ˌæn əsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective, noun
  • an·aes·the·tist [uh-nes-thi-tist or, especially British, uh-nees-], /əˈnɛs θɪ tɪst or, especially British, əˈnis-/, noun
  • sem·i·an·aes·thet·ic, adjective

Words Nearby anaesthesia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anaesthesia in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anaesthesia


US anesthesia

/ (ˌænɪsˈθiːzɪə) /

  1. local or general loss of bodily sensation, esp of touch, as the result of nerve damage or other abnormality

  2. loss of sensation, esp of pain, induced by drugs: called general anaesthesia when consciousness is lost and local anaesthesia when only a specific area of the body is involved

  1. a general dullness or lack of feeling

Origin of anaesthesia

C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaisthēsia absence of sensation, from an- + aisthēsis feeling

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