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 By the time the surgeons had finished, my dad had endured eight operations. Aimee Gindin, STAT, "A daughter’s plea: Doctors must stop shirking palliative care," 12 Feb. 2020 The snowplower may do much more in church and community leadership than the surgeon. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Fatal high-rise fire raises wider cost and benefit questions," 22 Dec. 2019 The angioplasty went off without complications, but there was one big anomaly: The surgeon was not in the room, or even the building. Wired Staff, Wired, "Where the 5G Data Storm Will Hit First," 17 Dec. 2019 In addition to all this pre-op work, I was scheduled to meet with the surgeon’s pre-op person and even have a blood draw at Sinai. Hermine Saunders,, "Saunders: Facing preparation for surgery can be formidable, agonizing," 8 Dec. 2019 The school’s nurse, using the Stop the Bleed kit her school had received less than 24-hours earlier, applied a tourniquet that the surgeons who treated Lopez credited with saving her life. NBC News, "Books, binders and bleed-control kits: How school shootings are changing classroom basics," 8 Dec. 2019 The surgical tools are connected to robotic arms that the surgeon controls with a computerized device. Mayo Clinic News Network,, "Mitral valve repair with minimally invasive heart surgery," 6 Dec. 2019 As the surgeon returned to his vehicle, he was confronted by a man holding a gun. Brooke Baitinger,, "Kidnapper gets 11 years in prison for blowtorch torture plot," 5 Dec. 2019 Now, instead of being able to tune in to all of the pimple-popping fun for free, subscribers will have to shell out $2.99 per month in order to watch some of the famed surgeon's content. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Dr. Pimple Popper Made the Switch to Paid Video and Fans Are Not Pleased," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Surgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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