Anesthesia that affects a restricted area of the body. Compare with general anesthesia.
- Babies who are circumcised are usually given a local anaesthetic because a general anaesthetic is more dangerous.
- It is carried out by an anaesthetist and involves injecting local anaesthetic or painkilling drugs into the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord.
- Surgery is done under local anaesthetic in the operating theatre.
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Syllabification: lo·cal an·es·the·sia
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