sur·​geon | \ˈsər-jən \

Definition of surgeon 

: a medical specialist who practices surgery

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The actual number of cases is unknown, with some orthopedic physicians and surgeons only seeing a handful of congenital cases per year, according to Dr. Hausman and Dr. Iafrate. Sarah Valenzuela, SELF, "My Congenital Disorder Confuses a Lot of Trainers, So I Have to Be My Own Fitness Expert," 9 Nov. 2018 Following Paxton's death, People reported, Dr. Khoynezhad left his surgeon position. Fox News, "Bill Paxton's surgeon, hospital deny responsibility for his death," 2 Oct. 2018 The 24-year-old was rushed to the Broward Health Medical Center, where surgeons amputated his hand above the wrist, Gollan said. Tonya Alanez,, "Man, 24, loses hand in fireworks blast," 7 July 2018 His story: This difficult-to-like surgeon traveled from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Korea to serve in a U.S.Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "The end of ‘The Middle’ and 20 fictional characters who put Indiana on the map," 22 May 2018 Our favorite surgeon is now a spy hunting down a serial killer in this BBC series, which recently wrapped up its first season. Phillipe Thao, Teen Vogue, "18 Things to Watch If You Loved "Crazy Rich Asians" and Where to Watch Them," 31 Aug. 2018 And all these years later, my wife had to have a certain difficult operation for her cancer and her surgeon had been trained by somebody who had been trained by Joe using a procedure designed in VR and trained for in VR. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says," 27 July 2018 His orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lew C. Schon, even joined him onstage at a Boston show. 13. Lydia Price,, "13 Brave Singers Who Survived Absolutely Brutal Stage Falls," 9 July 2018 Tannehill, who got full clearance from his Texas surgeon the week before OTAs began and didn’t even wear a brace the last few weeks at practice, has to re-acclimate quickly, too. Albert Breer,, "Dolphins Reset, Patriots Regroup, NFL Recharges," 4 June 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 \

Kids Definition of surgeon

: a doctor who performs surgery


sur·​geon | \ˈsər-jən \

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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