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Jun 21, 2012
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adulate
sere
ablate
esthesia
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with Anu Garg

esthesia or aesthesia

PRONUNCIATION:
(es-THEES-zhuh)

MEANING:
noun: The capacity for sensation.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back formation from anesthesia (loss of sensation), from Greek an- (not) + aisthesis (sensation). Earliest documented use: 1829; anesthesia is from 1721.

USAGE:
"Choo began to experience a dearth of aesthesia."
Martin Dec Haynes; Anything Goes; Xlibris; 2011.

See more usage examples of esthesia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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