anesthetize

[uh-nes-thi-tahyz]

verb (used with object), an·es·the·tized, an·es·the·tiz·ing.

to render physically insensible, as by an anesthetic.

Also anaesthetize; especially British, an·es·the·tise.

Origin of anesthetize

1840–50; < Greek anaísthēt(os) (see anesthetic) + -ize
Related formsan·es·the·ti·za·tion, nounnon·an·es·the·tized, adjective
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v.

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

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Medicine definitions for anesthetize

anesthetize

[ə-nĕsthĭ-tīz′]

v.

To induce anesthesia in.
Related formsan•es′the•ti•zation (-tĭ-zāshən) n.
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