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

Definition of surgeon

: a medical specialist who practices surgery

Examples of surgeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When stratifying patients for surgery, Javad Parvizi, an orthopedic surgeon at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute of Jefferson University in Philadelphia, considers more than physical exams or imaging studies. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Elective, but not optional: Orthopedic patients eagerly await surgeries delayed by Covid-19," 27 Jan. 2021 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Georgia, Holmes became the first black student to graduate from Emory University Medical School, eventually becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Rebecca Mccarthy, ajc, "40 years ago, higher education’s face altered," 22 Dec. 2020 ElAttrache, who is also the head team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is an orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Eric Branch,, "NFL doctor offers perspective on Alex Smith’s ‘once-in-a-generation’ comeback," 11 Dec. 2020 The incumbent cast Gross, an orthopedic surgeon and former commercial fisherman, as too liberal for Alaska. Vivek Shankar,, "Republicans Hold Alaska Senate Seat as Sullivan Defeats Gross," 11 Nov. 2020 Gross, 58, an orthopedic surgeon, and former commercial fisherman left his full-time practice in 2013 and increasingly got involved in health care advocacy. David Aaro, Fox News, "Who is Al Gross? What to know about Alaska's Senate candidate," 4 Nov. 2020 Putnam is a political ad-maker for candidates like Gross, an orthopedic surgeon who has never held office and is running as a left-leaning independent in deep-red Alaska. Amanda Fitzsimons, Washington Post, "Political ad-maker Mark Putnam has a knack for making Democrats look tough. Is that what they’ll need to win in the long run?," 27 Oct. 2020 Sullivan and Gross, an orthopedic surgeon and commercial fisherman, have routinely been polled within low single percentage points of one another. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Third-party candidates could tip Senate races in Alaska and South Carolina," 19 Oct. 2020 Heading into the summer, Gross, an orthopedic surgeon from Juneau, was a relatively unknown political figure. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Al Gross reports raising $9 million since July 1 in his race to unseat Sen. Dan Sullivan," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of surgeon was in the 14th century

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19 Feb 2021

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“Surgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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