epidural anesthesia

GC: n

S: NCBI – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK542219/ (last access: 5 October 2022); MEDLP – https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007413.htm (last access: 5 October 2022).

N: 1. – epidural (adj): 1873, “situated on or affecting the dura mater,” from epi- “on” + dura mater + -al. The noun meaning “injection into the epidural region” (usually given during childbirth) is attested by 1966.
– anesthesia (n): 1721, “loss of feeling,” medical Latin, from Greek anaisthēsia “want of feeling or perception, lack of sensation (to pleasure or pain),” abstract noun from an- “without” + aisthēsis “feeling” (from PIE root *au- “to perceive”).
As “a procedure for the prevention of pain in surgical operations,” attested from 1846. Aesthesia “capacity for feeling” is attested in English from 1853, perhaps a back-formation.

2. An epidural is an injection in your back to stop you feeling pain in part of your body.

3. Epidurals can be used:

  • during labour and childbirth, including caesareans
  • during some types of surgery
  • after some types of surgery

Steroid medicine can also be given with an epidural injection, to treat pain in your back or leg that’s caused by sciatica or a slipped (prolapsed) disc.

S: 1. OED – https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=epidural&ref=searchbar_searchhint (last access: 5 October 2022). 2&3. NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epidural/ (last access: 5 October 2022).

OV: epidural anaesthesia

S: GDT – https://gdt.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/ficheOqlf.aspx?Id_Fiche=8386264 (last access: 5 October 2022)

SYN: epidural block, peridural anesthesia, peridural anaesthesia.

S: GDT – https://gdt.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/ficheOqlf.aspx?Id_Fiche=8386264 (last access: 5 October 2022)

: cervicodynia, dorsalgia, low back pain.