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[uh-nes-thi-tahyz] /əˈnɛs θɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), anesthetized, anesthetizing.
to render physically insensible, as by an anesthetic.
Also, anaesthetize; especially British, anesthetise.
Origin of anesthetize
1840-50; < Greek anaísthēt(os) (see anesthetic) + -ize
Related forms
anesthetization, noun
nonanesthetized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anesthetize
  • It doesn't help, it only helps to hypnotize and eventually anesthetize us to the horror of it all after a while.
  • Doctors would anesthetize those about to be executed and harvest their organs for reuse.
  • He would anesthetize the animals and draw their blood, and then set them free.
  • Substances in its saliva anesthetize the wound, prevent clotting, and dilate vessels to increase blood flow.
  • But when they land their subjects, they anesthetize and prep them for surgery.
  • But the money and the power will probably anesthetize her to the reality of what she's doing.
  • Here ether gas was first successfully used in public to anesthetize a patient prior to surgery.
British Dictionary definitions for anesthetize


(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 anesthetize

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

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anesthetize in Medicine

anesthetize a·nes·the·tize (ə-něs'thĭ-tīz')
v. a·nes·the·tized, a·nes·the·tiz·ing, a·nes·the·tiz·es
To induce anesthesia in.

an·es'the·ti·za'tion (-tĭ-zā'shən) n.
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