The branch of medicine specializing in the use of drugs or other agents that cause insensibility to pain. There is a major distinction between an anesthesiologist and an anesthetist. An anesthesiologist has a doctorate whereas an anesthetist does not. An anesthesiologist is a physician (or, less often, a dentist) who is specialized in the practice of anesthesiology while an anesthetist is a nurse or technician trained to administer anesthetics.
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The medical specialty concerned with the pharmacological, physiological, and clinical basis of anesthesia and related fields, including resuscitation, intensive respiratory care, and acute and chronic pain. [anesthesia + G. logos, treatise]

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an·es·the·si·ol·o·gy or chiefly Brit an·aes·the·si·ol·o·gy -jē n, pl -gies a branch of medical science dealing with anesthesia and anesthetics

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an·es·the·si·ol·o·gy (an″əs-the″ze-olґə-je) [anesthesia + -logy] the branch of medicine that studies anesthesia and anesthetics.

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  • anesthesiology — (n.) alternative spelling of ANAESTHESIOLOGY (Cf. anaesthesiology) (q.v.). See AE (Cf. ae) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anesthesiology — ☆ anesthesiology [an΄is thē΄zē äl′əjē ] n. the science of anesthesia and anesthetics …   English World dictionary

  • anesthesiology — /an euhs thee zee ol euh jee/, n. the science of administering anesthetics. Also, anaesthesiology. [1910 15; ANESTHESI(A) + O + LOGY] * * * Medical specialty dealing with anesthesia and related matters, including resuscitation and pain.… …   Universalium

  • anesthesiology — noun Date: circa 1914 a branch of medical science dealing with anesthesia and anesthetics …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anesthesiology — noun The science, study, or practice of the use of anesthesia or anesthetics …   Wiktionary

  • anesthesiology — n. study of anesthesia and anesthetics (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anesthesiology — an·es·the·si·ol·o·gy …   English syllables

  • anesthesiology — an•es•the•si•ol•o•gy [[t]ˌæn əsˌθi ziˈɒl ə dʒi[/t]] n. med the science of administering anesthetics • Etymology: 1910–15 an es•the si•ol′o•gist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • anesthesiology — The science concerned with anesthetics and the producing of the state of anesthesia …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • anesthesiology — noun the branch of medical science that studies and applies anesthetics • Derivationally related forms: ↑anesthesiologist • Hypernyms: ↑medicine, ↑medical specialty …   Useful english dictionary

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