neu·​ro·​sur·​gery ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈsər-jə-rē How to pronounce neurosurgery (audio)
: surgery of nervous structures (such as nerves, the brain, or the spinal cord)
neurosurgeon noun
neurosurgical adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of our top stories of the day in health and medicine Betty Kim, a physician and professor of neurosurgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented on her team’s research on fighting immunotherapy-resistant tumors. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 3 May 2023 Three of the four defendants worked at the same local neurosurgery practice where claims were made, and investigators say doctors were exploited for records and prescriptions. Lenny Cohen,, 1 Feb. 2022 Documents summarizing the board’s investigation and decision do not specify the hospital where Benalcazar worked or who filed complaints against him, but he was listed as the division head of neurosurgery on University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center’s website as of Monday morning. James Whitlow,, 13 Sep. 2021 Ear, nose and throat. Gastroenterology and GI surgery. Geriatrics. Obstetrics and gynecology. Neurology and neurosurgery. Orthopedics. Pulmonology and lung surgery. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 26 July 2022 Ibe hopes to specialize in pediatric neurosurgery. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 14 Dec. 2021 Is this kind of material really appropriate for a journal of neurosurgery? Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2015 He was still sedated in the ICU and being treated by neurosurgery and trauma teams, officials said. Anumita Kaur, Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2023 After Arroyave and her husband welcomed Dove in February 2020, the little girl struggled with serious health issues and required neurosurgery and a cranial helmet to aid in reshaping and recovery. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


neuro- + surgery

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neurosurgery was in 1904

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“Neurosurgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​sur·​gery -ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce neurosurgery (audio)
plural neurosurgeries
: surgery of nervous structures (as nerves, the brain, or the spinal cord)
neurosurgical adjective
neurosurgically adverb

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