mi·​cro·​sur·​gery ˌmī-krō-ˈsərj-rē How to pronounce microsurgery (audio)
: minute dissection or manipulation (as by a micromanipulator or laser beam) of living structures or tissue
microsurgical adjective

Examples of microsurgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That accomplishment inspired Levin's lab to use microsurgery to remove live skin stem cells from an African clawed frog and nudge them together in water. Rowan Jacobsen, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2020 That would result in surgeons not getting paid for this specialized surgery, and these surgeons would be less likely to offer the complex eight-hour microsurgery. Paige Stables, Allure, 22 Nov. 2023 Imagine a robot so small that thousands can be injected through the tip of a needle—aiding microsurgery, cleaning bacteria from surfaces, or exploring worlds at a new scale. Alberto Lucas LÓpez, National Geographic, 25 Jan. 2023 Now imagine bringing that technology to life, but instead of moving meddlesome space ships, terrestrial tractor beams would perform touchless assembly, microsurgery or deliver drugs directly to the body part that needs them. Janine Anderson, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2015 The days of using a paper clip to perform microsurgery to extract a tiny SIM card from a little tray in your iPhone may be coming to an end. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 Nevertheless, the procedure itself began to improve in the ’80s with the gradual advancement of microsurgery. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The enormous increase in free-flap breast surgeries — arguably itself a form of gender-affirming care — advanced microsurgery’s sophistication, allowing the modern phalloplasty to be born. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Next, Barsody plans to recruit another colleague, ophthalmologist Eric Ledbetter, to extract DNA from the mummy’s surviving soft tissue through endoscopic microsurgery. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microsurgery was in 1926

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“Microsurgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microsurgery. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


mi·​cro·​sur·​gery ˌmī-krō-ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce microsurgery (audio)
plural microsurgeries
: minute dissection or manipulation (as by a micromanipulator or laser beam) of living structures (as cells or tissues) for surgical or experimental purposes
microsurgical adjective
microsurgically adverb

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