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Pronunciation: an′es-thē′zē-ă


  1. Loss of sensation resulting from pharmacologic depression of nerve function or from neurogenic dysfunction.
  2. Broad term for anesthesiology as a clinical specialty.

[G. anaisthēsia, fr. an- priv. + aisthēsis, sensation]

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