anesthetist or an·aes·the·tist WORD ORIGIN noun a person who administers anesthetics, usually a specially trained doctor or nurse. noun . Medicine/Medical, Pathology Related forms an·aes·thet·ic , [an- uh s- thet-ik] /ˌæn əsˈθɛt ɪk/ adjective, noun an·aes·the·tist , [ uh- nes-thi-tist , or, esp. British uh- nees-] /əˈnɛs θɪ tɪst , əˈnis-/ or, esp. British noun sem·i·an·aes·thet·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetist noun British a qualified doctor specializing in the administration of anaesthetics US name: anesthesiologist US a person qualified to administer anaesthesia, often a nurse or someone other than a physician Compare anesthesiologist noun local or general loss of bodily sensation, esp of touch, as the result of nerve damage or other abnormality 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 a general dullness or lack of feeling Word Origin for anaesthesia
C19: from New Latin, from Greek
anaisthēsia absence of sensation, from an- + aisthēsis feeling noun (in the US) a person qualified to administer anaesthesia, often a nurse or someone other than a physician Compare anesthesiologist
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Word Origin and History for anaesthetist n.
1721, "loss of feeling," Modern Latin, from Greek
anaisthesia "want of feeling, lack of sensation (to pleasure or pain)," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + aisthesis "feeling," from PIE root *au- "to perceive" (see audience). As "a procedure for the prevention of pain in surgical operations," from 1846.
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anesthetist [ə-nĕs ′thĭ-tĭst] n. A person trained to administer anesthetics.
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