or an·aes·the·tist



a person who administers anesthetics, usually a specially trained doctor or nurse.

Origin of anesthetist

First recorded in 1880–85; anesthet(ize) + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anesthetist

Historical Examples of anesthetist

  • It may be necessary, especially in the case of children, for the little patients to become familiar with the anesthetist.


    James J. Walsh

  • My mental note-taking continued as the anesthetist worked over me with the ether.

British Dictionary definitions for anesthetist



(in the US) a person qualified to administer anaesthesia, often a nurse or someone other than a physicianCompare anesthesiologist
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Word Origin and History for anesthetist

alternative spelling of anaesthetist (q.v.). See ae.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anesthetist in Medicine




A person trained to administer anesthetics.
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