An anesthetist is a nurse or technician trained to administer anesthetics, that is drugs or other agents that cause insensibility to pain. There is a major distinction between an anesthetist and an anesthesiologist. An anesthetist does not have a doctoral degree whereas an anesthesiologist does. An anesthesiologist is usually a physician or, less often, a dentist who is specialized in the practice of anesthesiology.
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One who administers an anesthetic, whether an anesthesiologist, a physician who is not an anesthesiologist, a nurse a., or an anesthesia assistant.

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anes·the·tist or chiefly Brit anaes·the·tist ə-'nes-thət-əst,Brit -'nēs- n one trained to administer anesthetics compare ANESTHESIOLOGIST

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anes·the·tist (ə-nesґthə-tist) a nurse or technician trained to administer anesthetics. Cf. anesthesiologist.

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