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local anesthesia Syllabification: lo·cal an·es·the·sia

Definition of local anesthesia in English:


Anesthesia that affects a restricted area of the body. Compare with general anesthesia.
Example sentences
  • 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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