sur·​geon | \ ˈsər-jən How to pronounce surgeon (audio) \

Definition of surgeon

: a medical specialist who practices surgery

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Ultimately, he was given a plum assignment as recovery engineer inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility, a converted Airstream trailer, with the flight crew and surgeon aboard the USS Hornet, 900 miles southwest of Hawaii in the North Pacific Ocean. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The hard-charging space program: Breakthroughs, breakdowns and breakneck," 18 June 2019 The medical staff decision is made jointly by the doctor/surgeon/consultants, athletic trainers and physical therapists. Michael Mccann,, "Kevin Durant's Achilles Injury and the Potential Legal Implications," 17 June 2019 The Dominican Republic native had his gallbladder and part of his intestine removed by surgeons hours after the shooting. NBC News, "Suspected gunman in David Ortiz shooting arrested as authorities reveal $400K plot to kill him," 12 June 2019 The medical staff decision is made jointly by the doctor/surgeon/consultants, athletic trainers and physical therapists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three big questions the day after Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury," 11 June 2019 So why isn’t electrical stimulation used by every surgeon on every wound? Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Last month, Erich Voigt, MD, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in New York, was watching TV, tuned in to HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt., "This Woman Was Diagnosed With Cancer After a Doctor Spotted Her Lump While Watching HGTV," 6 June 2018 That's what Joseph Daines, a retired orthopedic surgeon, and his wife Susan allege in a lawsuit against local investment adviser Mark Matsko and his firm Selway Asset Management. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Eagle couple accuses Boise investment adviser of gambling away their retirement | Idaho Statesman," 24 Apr. 2018 Ren Xiaoping, a surgeon who aims to perform the first human head transplant, worked for many years in U.S. hospitals but returned to China because a medical institute in his hometown of Shenyang agreed to support his research. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of surgeon

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surgeon

Middle English surgien, from Anglo-French, alteration of cirurgien, from cirurgerie surgery

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English Language Learners Definition of surgeon

: a doctor who performs operations that involve cutting into someone's body in order to repair or remove damaged or diseased parts : a doctor who performs surgery


sur·​geon | \ ˈsər-jən How to pronounce surgeon (audio) \

Kids Definition of surgeon

: a doctor who performs surgery


sur·​geon | \ ˈsər-jən How to pronounce surgeon (audio) \

Medical Definition of surgeon

1 : a medical specialist who performs surgery : a physician qualified to treat those diseases that are amenable to or require surgery — compare internist
2 : the senior medical officer of a military unit

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