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

Definition of surgeon

: a medical specialist who practices surgery

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But the 52-year-old manager at an educational-tech company responded so well to chemotherapy, her surgeon at the University of Texas... Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Can Breast Cancer Be Treated Without Surgery?," 11 Mar. 2019 But my surgeon recommended both a reduction and a lift, reassuring me that pain was not a prerequisite for insurance coverage. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 The ear reconstruction was the first of its kind for an Army surgeon, but not in the world of medicine. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Surgeons 'grew' ear on Army private's arm after she was disfigured in horrific crash | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 9 May 2018 The victim, whose last name is Yao, is in the ICU and is on a waitlist for an ocular surgeon who can repair damage to his eye. Houston Chronicle, "About the survey," 23 Apr. 2018 There are several Facebook groups and forums where trans men and women get together to ask for recommendations for surgeons. David Levesley, GQ, "The Triumphs of the Trans Community's Most Beloved Top Surgeon," 30 Mar. 2018 Starting annual salaries for psychiatrists range from $239,000 to $272,000, compared with a range of $429,000 to $529,000 for radiologists and more than $600,000 for orthopedic surgeons, according to Merritt Hawkins. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "More people are seeking out mental health care, but psychiatrists are in short supply. Here's why.," 22 Mar. 2018 And speaking of savings, consider VR’s potential to cut the costs of medical training for surgeons. Jeremy Bailenson, WIRED, "3 Rules for Designing Primo Virtual Reality," 18 Mar. 2018 Czuchry plays the arrogant hotshot and senior resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins with little patience for hospital bureaucracy and even less for senior surgeon Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), whose glory days are behind him. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "A-list cast brings Fox medical drama ‘The Resident’ to life," 16 Jan. 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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