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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anesthetized

Historical Examples of anesthetized

  • Then she turned quickly and surprised her anesthetized audience.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

  • By putting a few drops of chloroform into the jar, the insect is anesthetized, and its struggles are made quickly to cease.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • Now Ricky French especially has the air of a demonstrating anatomist over an anesthetized body.

    Young People's Pride

    Stephen Vincent Benet

  • One woman, Hannah Green, had been anesthetized in 1848 by chloroform before undergoing a minor operation on her toe.

  • Failing in this manner of procedure, the affected animal is to be cast and anesthetized with chloroform.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

Word Origin and History for anesthetized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anesthetized




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