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etherize

or (especially British) etherise

[ee-thuh-rahyz] /ˈi θəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), etherized, etherizing.
1.
Medicine/Medical. to put under the influence of ether; anesthetize.
2.
to render groggy or numb, as if by an anesthetic.
Origin of etherize
1740-1750
1740-50; ether + -ize
Related forms
etherization, noun
etherizer, noun
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  • Therefore they etherize and dissect down for the purpose of exploring, to ascertain if the guess is right or wrong.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
  • I was obliged to etherize it a little, so as to stupefy it, and render it less uneasy.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • I'm afraid I got kind of mixed up—I could think of nothin' but etherize.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • I guess it was the strugglin' that confused my mind, and I been wondering why I could etherize a lot of struggling young poets.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for etherize

etherize

/ˈiːθəˌraɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) (obsolete) to subject (a person) to the anaesthetic influence of ether fumes; anaesthetize
Derived Forms
etherization, etherisation, noun
etherizer, etheriser, noun
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