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[uh-nes-thi-tahyz or, esp. British, uh-nees-] /əˈnɛs θɪˌtaɪz or, esp. British, əˈnis-/
verb (used with object), anaesthetized, anaesthetizing.
Also, especially British, anaesthetise.
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anaesthetization, noun Unabridged
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  • To milk mice, the research team had to anaesthetize the rodents and use specially adapted pumps fitted to their tiny teats.
British Dictionary definitions for anaesthetize


(transitive) to render insensible to pain by administering an anaesthetic
Derived Forms
anaesthetization, anaesthetisation, (US) anesthetization, noun
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Word Origin and History for anaesthetize

1848, from Greek anaisthetos (see anaesthesia) + -ize. Related: Anaesthetized; anaesthetizing.

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