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[ uh-nes-thi-tahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, an·es·the·tized, an·es·the·tiz·ing.
  1. to render physically insensible, as by an anesthetic.

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Other Words From

  • an·esthe·ti·zation noun
  • nonan·esthe·tized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of anesthetize1

1840–50; < Greek anaísthēt ( os ) ( anesthetic ) + -ize

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Example Sentences

The female ocelot lay anesthetized on the exam table, behind the scenes at the Albuquerque Biopark Zoo.

As the 335-pound animal lay anesthetized on the floor of her enclosure, with a stomach tube down her throat and an intravenous line in a blood vessel for fluids, there seemed to be little improvement.

Once Shera was anesthetized that day, the staff pondered her condition.

In the creepy but simple procedure, the surgeon slits two anesthetized mice down their flanks, then sutures and staples them together, side by side.

The risk to all of this mindfulness is the possibility that companies will rely on it as a way to anesthetize people to the stresses of work.

From Quartz

They acquired the tools to accomplish the deed, including a stun gun and the chemical means to anesthetize their victims.


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