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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [an-uh s-thee-zhuh]
    • /ˌæn əsˈθi ʒə/
    • /ˌæn.əsˈθiː.zi.ə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [an-uh s-thee-zhuh]
    • /ˌæn əsˈθi ʒə/

Definitions of anesthesia word

  • noun anesthesia a partial or total loss of the sense of pain, temperature, touch, etc., produced by disease 3
  • noun anesthesia a loss of sensation induced by an anesthetic, hypnosis, or acupuncture and limited to a specific area (local anesthesia) or involving a loss of consciousness (general anesthesia) 3
  • noun anesthesia Medicine/Medical. general or local insensibility, as to pain and other sensation, induced by certain interventions or drugs to permit the performance of surgery or other painful procedures. 1
  • noun anesthesia Pathology. general loss of the senses of feeling, as pain, heat, cold, touch, and other less common varieties of sensation. 1
  • noun anesthesia Psychiatry. absence of sensation due to psychological processes, as in conversion disorders. 1
  • noun anesthesia Insensitivity to pain, especially as artificially induced by the administration of gases or the injection of drugs before surgical operations. 1

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Origin of anesthesia

First appearance:

before 1715
One of the 49% newest English words
1715-25; < New Latin < Greek anaisthēsía want of feeling. See an-1, esthesia

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Parts of speech for Anesthesia


anesthesia popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for anesthesia

noun anesthesia

  • numbness — deprived of physical sensation or the ability to move: fingers numb with cold.
  • stupor — suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.: He lay there in a drunken stupor.
  • unconsciousness — not conscious; without awareness, sensation, or cognition.
  • asleep — Someone who is asleep is sleeping.
  • insentient — not sentient; without sensation or feeling; inanimate.

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