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)

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 Stephanie Hanson was recovering from neurosurgery last year and did a Google search for natural hand sanitizer to prepare for the pandemic. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 Does a patient in a rural hospital need dialysis or neurosurgery? Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Oct. 2021 Additionally, surgery will need to become more affordable, as neurosurgery is currently very expensive. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 10 Nov. 2021 Adela Wu, a neurosurgery resident at Stanford Hospital, is a contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit. Dr. Adela Wu, ABC News, 15 Oct. 2021 After years of frustration, Audrey’s parents enrolled her in a clinical trial led by Krystof Bankiewicz, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021 Assessing a person’s mental capacity can be challenging, especially for patients with brain injuries, said Dr. Geoffrey Manley, chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 Buoyed by his Christian faith, and guided by his commitment to healing, Dr. Yuan traveled from boyhood in 1920s China to serving as chief of neurosurgery at three Greater Boston hospitals., 11 Oct. 2021 Andres Lozano, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, said the research should be received enthusiastically but with caution. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021

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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 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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