anesthesia

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anesthesia an·es·the·sia (ān'ĭs-thē'zhə)
n.

  1. Total or partial loss of sensation, especially tactile sensibility, induced by disease, injury, acupuncture, or an anesthetic.

  2. Local or general insensibility to pain with or without the loss of consciousness, induced by an anesthetic.

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