metesthesiologistmedical dictionary


1. A proposed substitute for the term anaesthesiologist to indicate the extent to which the clinical practice of a physician trained in administration of anaesthetics has expanded beyond the operating room into resuscitation, critical care, management of acute and chronic pain.

2. A physician board certified and legally qualified both to administer anaesthesia and to engage in related activities outside the operating room.

Origin: G. Meta, beyond, + anaesthesiologist

(05 Mar 2000)