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 Another doctor favored by Mallinckrodt was George Griffin, an orthopedic surgeon who practiced in Cincinnati. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 In 2015, Ellis graduated from medical school and became an orthopedic surgeon in Colorado. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Gross, an orthopedic surgeon and commercial fisherman, is shunning any connection to the Democratic Party this time around. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2022 At that point, an orthopedic surgeon recommended the hardware in her foot be removed. Fox19 & Enquirer Staff, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 As Middleton slipped and fell to the floor during Game 2, his left knee twisted, which could have damaged additional ligaments, said Mark Wichman, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Advocate Aurora Health. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 Ahmed, who received a second opinion from Texas Rangers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Meister, is still hoping to avoid surgery. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 Her career goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 14 Mar. 2022 For the first time since becoming the Sorcerer Supreme, Strange heals his hands and returns to his previous life as a surgeon. Joe George, Men's Health, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Surgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for surgeon


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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