neu·​ro·​sur·​gery | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈsər-jə-rē How to pronounce neurosurgery (audio) , -ˈsərj-rē, ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neurosurgery

: surgery of nervous structures (such as nerves, the brain, or the spinal cord)

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Other Words from neurosurgery

neurosurgeon \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈsər-​jən How to pronounce neurosurgeon (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun
neurosurgical \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈsər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce neurosurgical (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective

Examples of neurosurgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ambitious students who might once have embarked upon an arduous training in neurosurgery can now stream the sound of panpipes, invest in a clutch of jade eggs, and swiftly prosper as wellness consultants. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Alluring Promises of “The Burnt Orange Heresy” and “The Whistlers”," 28 Feb. 2020 Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital and an expert in neurosurgery, died Tuesday morning, state media CCTV reported., "China Doctor Dies as Virus Takes Toll on Medics at Ground Zero," 18 Feb. 2020 Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital and an expert in neurosurgery, died Tuesday morning, state media CCTV reported. Time, "Wuhan Hospital Director Dies of Coronavirus, State Media Reports," 18 Feb. 2020 Doctors at the first hospital determined that the boy needed a neurosurgery follow-up within four weeks. Nomaan Merchant, Houston Chronicle, "ICE sued over treatment of 5-year-old with head injury at Texas detention center," 8 Feb. 2020 Liu, 51, was a leading figure in neurosurgery, the newspaper said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Chinese hospital director dies from coronavirus despite 'all-out' efforts to save his life," 18 Feb. 2020 The mayor, Zhou Xianwang, said a patient wasn't screened for the virus before being admitted to Union Hospital in Wuhan for neurosurgery, and after surgery developed a fever. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Disease detectives hunting down more information about 'super spreader' of Wuhan coronavirus," 23 Jan. 2020 Fourteen of them — one doctor and 13 nurses — were infected by a patient who had been hospitalized for neurosurgery but also had the coronavirus. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "Death toll from new viral respiratory illness rises to at least 17 in China," 22 Jan. 2020 Luo was found unconscious on the spot, taken to a hospital emergency room, and then later transferred to the neurosurgery high-dependency unit. Jasmine Leung, NBC News, "China's Xi calls Hong Kong unrest 'urgent' in rare comment on protests," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of neurosurgery

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurosurgery

neuro- + surgery

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“Neurosurgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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neu·​ro·​sur·​gery | \ -ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce neurosurgery (audio) \
plural neurosurgeries

Medical Definition of neurosurgery

: surgery of nervous structures (as nerves, the brain, or the spinal cord)

Other Words from neurosurgery

neurosurgical \ -​ˈsər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce neurosurgical (audio) \ adjective
neurosurgically \ -​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce neurosurgically (audio) \ adverb

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