- a person who administers anesthetics, usually a specially trained doctor or nurse.
Origin of anesthetist
- British a qualified doctor specializing in the administration of anaestheticsUS name: anesthesiologist
- US a person qualified to administer anaesthesia, often a nurse or someone other than a physicianCompare anesthesiologist
- 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
- (in the US) a person qualified to administer anaesthesia, often a nurse or someone other than a physicianCompare anesthesiologist
Word Origin and History for anaesthetist
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.
- A person trained to administer anesthetics.