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

Examples of nonsurgical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the nonsurgical procedure, a provider places small surgical threads made of materials that can be absorbed by the body in a few months, including poly lactic-co-glycolic acid, polydioxanone, polyglycolic acid, and poly-L-lactic acid, under a patient’s skin. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 17 Apr. 2024 Anesthesiologist assistants These assistants administer anesthesia for surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Brianna Herlihy, Fox News, 12 Dec. 2023 With more and more people electing to not go under the knife, cosmetic spa treatments that give you natural looking results with nonsurgical procedures are at the top of many people’s to-do lists this month. Kristina Corrales, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Fat-dissolving injections, sometimes called lipolysis injections, are nonsurgical procedures that aim to melt away small amounts of fat beneath the skin. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 21 Dec. 2023 Recent research suggests that a nonsurgical treatment, including physical therapy, could be as effective, sparking controversy among surgeons who perform dozens of ACL reconstructions every year. Katie Camero, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023 According to IBISWorld, a market research firm, the dermatology market in the United States is expected to surpass $8.7 billion (nonsurgical medical treatments account for $5.4 billion of that) in 2023. Tatiana Boncompagni, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Ahead of her September nuptials, the Boston nurse, 33, augmented her mouth with a lip flip—a nonsurgical procedure that creates a fuller-looking pout via a neuromodulator (like Botox). Amber Kallor / F. Martin Ramin/the Wall Street Journal, Hair and Makeup By Roy Liu; Talent: Cecilia De Bucourt For We Speak Models , WSJ, 12 Aug. 2023 Second, surgical and nonsurgical gender-affirming voice interventions can be effective medical care, giving transgender people a valuable tool to express their gender to the outside world. Z Paige Lerario, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2022

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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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“Nonsurgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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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