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etherize

Syllabification: e·ther·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈēTHəˌrīz
 
/

Definition of etherize in English:

verb

[with object] chiefly historical
Anesthetize (a person or animal) with ether.
Example sentences
  • The physician performed the examination, diagnosed the lump as a fibroid tumor, and performed an operation to remove the tumor while, as T. S. Eliot puts it, the patient was etherized upon the table.
  • The famous opening comparison of the evening sky to ‘a patient etherized upon a table’ makes clear the anesthetizing power of the polluting haze.
  • The temporary loss of control over the will (such as occurs during etherized paralysis), he implies, only reveals the extent to which the conscious mind is never the centre of its own will nor entirely in control of its own movements.

Derivatives

etherization

1
Pronunciation: /ˌēTHəriˈzāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Following etherization, flies were placed into vials, and allowed 1 day for recovery from etherization.
  • From then on, there was no further opposition in the hospital to performance of operations on patients under etherization.

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