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- Everybody wants to have a hand in a great discovery. All I will do is to give a hint or two as to names—or the name—to be applied to the state produced and the agent. The state should, I think, be called ‘Anaesthesia.’ This signifies insensibility—more particularly ... to objects of touch.
- (medicine) A method of preventing sensation, used to eliminate pain.
- Loss or prevention of pain, as caused by anesthesia.
loss of bodily sensation
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- ^ Small, Miriam Rossiter (1962). Oliver Wendell Homes. Twayne’s United States authors series, 29. New York: Twayne Publishers. OCLC 273508, p. 55