Following yesterday's discussion on "surgery" in the singular and pleural (thread "Operationen")
what about the use of the word anaesthesia in the eight entries in LEO:
"to administer AN anaesthesia"
To me (BE) the possibilities are
"to induce anaesthesia" (the state)
"to administer an anaesthetic" (a drug)
Anesthesia definitions : (Source: The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary)
1. Total or partial loss of sensation, especially tactile sensibility, induced by disease, injury, acupuncture, or an anesthetic, such as chloroform or nitrous oxide.
2. Local or general insensibility to pain with or without the loss of consciousness, induced by an anesthetic.
Having done some research, however, http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=anes...
I found definition 3 below (which is missing from most dictionaries)
3. A drug, administered for medical or surgical purposes, that induces partial or total loss of sensation and may be topical, local, regional, or general, depending on the method of administration and area of the body affected.
This would mean that the LEO entry is grammatically correct but I have never come across it used in this way and it sounds very odd to me.
Is this another AE/BE difference? In which case could the BE entries in LEO be be modified to: "to administer an anaesthetic"?