mi·​cro·​sur·​gery | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈsərj-rē How to pronounce microsurgery (audio) , -ˈsər-jə- \

Definition of microsurgery

: minute dissection or manipulation (as by a micromanipulator or laser beam) of living structures or tissue

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Other Words from microsurgery

microsurgical \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈsər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce microsurgery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of microsurgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recently, Josh Bongard, a computer scientist at the University of Vermont, designed a computer model in which small robotic cubes connect, creating microrobots that might someday clean up toxic waste or perform microsurgery. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, "Persuading the Body to Regenerate Its Limbs," 3 May 2021 Other bits of architectural microsurgery quiet the tower on the skyline, slightly. New York Times, "A Billion-Dollar Battle Over a Parking Lot at the Seaport," 27 Apr. 2021 Flap procedure that uses microsurgery to remove skin, blood vessels and tissue from my abdomen to rebuild my breasts. NBC News, "I tested positive for a hereditary breast cancer gene while pregnant – Here's why I call it my 'beautiful defect'," 1 Oct. 2020 The robot looks like a stout, little filing cabinet with one long arm, a simple-looking contraption that belies the precision of the brain, ear and throat microsurgeries it is designed to improve. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "This tech company is the first to get a boost from moving to a Baltimore opportunity zone. Are more coming?," 6 Nov. 2019 Bonawitz honed his skills and interest in difficult restorative microsurgeries through training and fellowships at the University of Rochester, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Cooper surgeon helped with one of the world's first genital transplants," 8 May 2018 Patricia's liver required an unusual amount of microsurgery to connect to her father's bile ducts and arteries. Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, "Her obstetrician father brought her into the world. Last month, she saved his life.," 6 Jan. 2018 Name: Dr. Miguel A. Medina III New position: Director of microsurgery at Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida. miamiherald, "Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of May 29, 2017," 28 May 2017 Beyond cataract surgery, eye specialists perform a long list of procedures, like eyelid and retinal repairs, corneal grafts, and microsurgery involving tiny needles and thread that allow precise suturing of perforating wounds. Susan Jenks, New York Times, "Does Your Pet Need an Eye Doctor?," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of microsurgery

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microsurgery was in 1926

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9 May 2021

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“Microsurgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microsurgery. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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mi·​cro·​sur·​gery | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce microsurgery (audio) \
plural microsurgeries

Medical Definition of microsurgery

: minute dissection or manipulation (as by a micromanipulator or laser beam) of living structures (as cells or tissues) for surgical or experimental purposes

Other Words from microsurgery

microsurgical \ -​ˈsər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce microsurgery (audio) \ adjective
microsurgically \ -​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce microsurgery (audio) \ adverb

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