from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Total or partial loss of sensation, especially tactile sensibility, induced by disease, injury, acupuncture, or an anesthetic, such as chloroform or nitrous oxide.
- n. Local or general insensibility to pain with or without the loss of consciousness, induced by an anesthetic.
- n. A drug, administered for medical or surgical purposes, that induces partial or total loss of sensation and may be topical, local, regional, or general, depending on the method of administration and area of the body affected.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A method of preventing sensation, used to eliminate pain.
- n. The loss or prevention of pain, as caused by anesthesia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Same as anæsthesia, anæsthetic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See anæsthesia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness
New Latin anaesthēsia, from Greek anaisthēsiā, insensibility : an-, without; see a-1 + aisthēsis, feeling (from aisthanesthai, aisthē-, to feel; see au- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)