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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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 UH Cleveland Medical Center ranked in the top 50 nationwide in eight specialties: neurology/neurosurgery (No. 22), cardiology/heart surgery (No. 24), urology (No. Ginger Christ,, "U.S. News names Cleveland Clinic No. 4 hospital, best in heart surgery," 30 July 2019 After passing their licensing exams, D.O.s choose a specialty to pursue—anything from neurosurgery or emergency medicine to anesthesiology or psychiatry—then begin their graduate medical education (GME). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and Should You See One?," 6 Feb. 2019 The human participants in their study — three volunteers with epilepsy — already had electrodes surgically implanted on the surface of their brains as part of preparation for neurosurgery to treat their seizures. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Facebook is building tech to read your mind. The ethical implications are staggering.," 5 Aug. 2019 Three epilepsy patients who were about to have neurosurgery for their condition all had a tiny patch of electrodes placed directly on the brain for a week to map the origins of their seizures, the researchers state in their study. Fox News, "Brain speech signals decoded into written text in breakthrough research for people with paralysis," 31 July 2019 UC San Diego facilities in La Jolla and Hillcrest ranked 14th in the nation for pulmonology, 29th for geriatrics, 40th for neurology and neurosurgery and 44th for cardiology and cardiac surgery. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scripps La Jolla hospitals retain top spot in 2019 U.S. News rankings," 30 July 2019 High performing specialties include geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, and pulmonary and lung services. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Cleveland Clinic Florida back on top of list of South Florida’s best hospitals," 30 July 2019 The biggest obstruction to this happening will probably not be writing the software needed to interpret brainwaves, but rather persuading people that the necessary neurosurgery, whether by sewing machine or otherwise, is actually a good idea. The Economist, "Elon Musk wants to link brains directly to machines," 17 July 2019 Jaimie Henderson, a professor of neurosurgery at Stanford and a specialist in the treatment of epilepsy and the use of a treatment known as Deep Brain Stimulation, is an adviser to Neuralink, according to Mr. Hodak. John Markoff, New York Times, "Elon Musk’s Company Takes Baby Steps to Wiring Brains to the Internet," 16 July 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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8 Oct 2019

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The first known use of neurosurgery was in 1904

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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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