This is a glossary of anesthesia terms for lay people and non-medical people.

The list of terms is not all-inclusive nor are the descriptions complete. But it represents a starting point for patients interested in knowing about our “language.” Your anesthesthetist should make every effort to answer your questions; simply ask. Another good source of information is the web site of the Australian Society of Anesthesthestists.

Anaesthetic Glossary

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General Anesthesia


Pre-Oxygenation prior to inducing Anaesthesia