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

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 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 After inspecting the mummy, Ledbetter confirmed such a procedure could be done though endoscopic microsurgery, Gleach said. Maxime Tamsett, CNN, 1 May 2022 Says Dr Jonquille Chantrey, who specializes extensively in aesthetic medical procedures and founded ØNE aesthetic studiø with over 10 years of plastic and cosmetic surgery experience in microsurgery, breast, facial surgery and burns reconstruction. Angela Lei, Forbes, 22 June 2021 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, 3 May 2021 Other bits of architectural microsurgery quiet the tower on the skyline, slightly. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Flap procedure that uses microsurgery to remove skin, blood vessels and tissue from my abdomen to rebuild my breasts. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of microsurgery

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Microsurgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microsurgery. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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