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

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Medical innovations directly from the war included: facial reconstructive surgery and new types of prosthetics, neurosurgery for head wounds, still used today, and Carrel-Dakin solution (still used today for wounds). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, neurosurgery was the top-paying specialty last year, with average compensation of $662,755. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "NYU Makes Tuition Free for All Medical Students," 16 Aug. 2018 Their store was looted, burned and beyond salvage, according to the suit, and Jin Suk Kim required neurosurgery for bleeding in the brain and extensive rehabilitation. Jean Marbella,, "Question of responsibility for Baltimore riot damage spans 1968 and 2015 — and careers of notable legal family," 27 Apr. 2018 Looking at roles other than the attending, orthopedic and neurosurgery teams typically had mostly men the OR, while gynecology departments staffed mostly women. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 Today, doctors are using advanced techniques to perform neurosurgeries, including the awake craniotomy, laser ablation and biomarkers to light up the tumor. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "Brain cancer treatments showing promise with targeted therapies. 'Very exciting stuff.' | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Boston Children’s also ranked number one in several specialties, including pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and nephrology., "Boston Children’s named best pediatric hospital in the country for fifth year," 27 June 2018 Kelly had wanted to specialize in cardiovascular medicine but switched his career path to neurosurgery and decided in part to study CTE. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 On July 1, the bride, 27, and groom, 29, are to begin residencies at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, she in psychiatry and he in neurosurgery. New York Times, "Sarah Collica, Kurt Lehner," 3 June 2018

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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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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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