non·​sur·​gi·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce nonsurgical (audio) \

Definition of nonsurgical

: not involving, consisting of, or requiring surgery nonsurgical treatment of back pain nonsurgical cosmetic procedures

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There were also 715 people admitted for more than two nights for major nonsurgical illnesses, including strokes. Linda Carroll, Washington Post, "Major surgeries linked to small decline in mental functioning in older age," 13 Aug. 2019 The clinic offers only nonsurgical abortions, up to 10 weeks of gestation. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "South Bend at center of abortion debate as unlicensed clinic supported by Mayor Pete Buttigieg is allowed to open via court injunction," 6 Aug. 2019 In an avalanche of lawsuits, more than 160 patients contend that cheap, nonsurgical-grade hardware may have been drilled into their bones during operations that might not have been necessary to begin with, leaving them in excruciating pain. Teri Sforza, The Mercury News, "California man behind $1 billion spinal surgery fraud hid millions from government, DOJ says," 29 July 2019 In a letter to Seema Verma, the Trump administration official overseeing Medicaid, the Democrats asked why 14 states were being permitted to not cover mifepristone, a drug necessary to perform nonsurgical abortions. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Democrats Say Some States’ Medicaid Programs Aren’t Complying With Abortion Rules," 8 Feb. 2019 Its dodgy, outsider status perhaps permitted greater risks and leaps of faith than were available to nonsurgical physicians, who still found themselves making inchworm progress from the dictates of Hippocrates and Galen. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 But good evidence supports certain nondrug and nonsurgical options. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That aching back is hard to fix, but here are a few things to try," 9 July 2018 The Los Angeles Angels announced that Ohtani received platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections, nonsurgical procedures designed to promote healing, and will be reevaluated in three weeks. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Has Elbow Injury That Might Require Tommy John Surgery," 8 June 2018 Anastasia Amaro, medical director of Penn Metabolic Clinic, which focuses on nonsurgical weight management, said many programs for overweight patients are starting to use waist circumference more. Stacey Burling,, "Women past menopause may be fatter than they think," 19 Apr. 2018

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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non·​sur·​gi·​cal | \ -ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce nonsurgical (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonsurgical

: not surgical nonsurgical hospital care

Other Words from nonsurgical

nonsurgically \ -​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nonsurgically (audio) \ adverb

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