non·​sur·​gi·​cal ˌnän-ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce nonsurgical (audio)
: not involving, consisting of, requiring, or performing surgery
nonsurgical treatment of back pain
nonsurgical cosmetic procedures
a nonsurgical practitioner
nonsurgically adverb
fractures treated nonsurgically
nonsurgically treated patients

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One such treatment with therapeutic potential is known as cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting, a nonsurgical procedure that's gaining popularity in the cosmetic surgery industry. Megan Schmidt, Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2020 In addition, surgical and nonsurgical interventions can help a transgender person change their vocal characteristics, bringing them into alignment with their gender identity. Z Paige Lerario, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2022 But even the nonsurgical option risks permanent damage, pain, bruising, infection and scarring. Beth Ashley,, 8 July 2022 Generally, Wright said, the training for early, nonsurgical abortions for nonphysicians would be fairly simple, especially for those already on the job at a clinic. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2022 At the heart of their argument: The majority of the 14 patients were given 10 times the amount of fentanyl that would be the norm in a nonsurgical hospital setting, according to medical experts. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2022 Among minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, the top five were Botox, soft tissue fillers, noninvasive fat reduction (such as CoolSculpting), nonsurgical skin tightening, and other skin care treatments. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 24 Aug. 2022 There is a wide range of treatments available for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, from nonsurgical methods like corrective dental appliances and physical therapy to surgery for the most severe cases. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 26 July 2022 In the pre-Roe era, safe, reliable, nonsurgical ways to end a pregnancy didn’t exist. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonsurgical was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Nonsurgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


non·​sur·​gi·​cal -ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce nonsurgical (audio)
: not surgical
nonsurgical hospital care
nonsurgically adverb
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