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Glossary: general anesthesia, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

general anesthesia

(JEH-neh-rul A-nes-THEE-zhuh)

A temporary loss of feeling and a complete loss of awareness that feels like a very deep sleep. It is caused by special drugs or other substances called anesthetics. General anesthesia keeps patients from feeling pain during surgery or other procedures.

2009-05-08