(medicine) A method of preventing sensation, used to eliminate pain.
Origin of Anaesthesia
Coined in 1846 CE by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in a letter to dentist William T. G. Morton, the first practitioner to publicly demonstrate the use of ether during surgery, writing:
an- + aesthesia, from Ancient Greek ἀναισθησία (anaisthēsia), from ἀν- (an, “not”) with αἴσθησις (aisthēsis, “sensation”).
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