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

Examples of neurosurgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patterson said some of the 219 ICU beds at UAB are specialized, designated for cardiac surgery or neurosurgery, or for heart attacks. Dennis Pillion |, al, "‘Everyone is afraid’: Birmingham hospitals plead for help to slow COVID surge," 19 Dec. 2020 The stewards’ minutes on this incident were as complete as my knowledge of neurosurgery. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Big turf day at Del Mar," 29 Nov. 2020 Mayo does brisk business in high-end care, including cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, "Inside a hospital as the coronavirus surges: Where will all the patients go?," 29 Nov. 2020 Named after the New York City hospital where Langer works as chair of neurosurgery, the show documents Langer and his colleagues toiling during normal times, in addition to the city’s first Covid-19 wave. NBC News, "Dr. Nancy Lipsitz: This is what medical school DOESN'T teach women about family and career," 20 Nov. 2020 Carson, 69, is a renowned brain surgeon who spent nearly three decades as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "HUD Secretary Ben Carson joins list of White House officials who have tested positive for COVID-19," 9 Nov. 2020 The panel’s chair is Dr. Richard Whitley, a professor of pediatrics, microbiology, medicine and neurosurgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Who Decides When Vaccine Studies Are Done? Internal Documents Show Fauci Plays a Key Role.," 16 Oct. 2020 In its place on Governors Drive stands Governor’s Medical Tower, a brick, glass, and limestone edifice, home to the spine-and-neurosurgery center of Huntsville Hospital. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Quiet Desegregation of Alabama’s Public Schools," 29 Sep. 2020 Dove was diagnosed with lambdoid craniosynostosis following a CT scan and was recommended for neurosurgery. Claudia Harmata,, "Teddi Mellencamp Gives Update on 'Resilient' 5-Month-Old Daughter Dove Days After Neurosurgery," 2 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of neurosurgery was in 1904

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“Neurosurgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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

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