- An anesthesiologist is a physician or, less often, a dentist who is specialized in the practice of anesthesiology, 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 anesthetist is a nurse or technician trained to administer anesthetics.
* * *1. A physician specializing solely in anesthesiology and related areas. 2. An individual with a doctorate degree who is board-certified and legally qualified to administer anesthetics and related techniques. Cf.:anesthetist.
* * *an·es·the·si·ol·o·gist or chiefly Brit an·aes·the·si·ol·o·gist .an-əs-.thē-zē-'äl-ə-jəst n ANESTHETIST specif a physician specializing in anesthesiology
* * *an·es·the·si·ol·o·gist (an″əs-the″ze-olґə-jist) a physician or dentist specializing in anesthesiology. Cf. anesthetist.
Medical dictionary. 2011.