sur·geon | \ˈsər-jən \

Definition of surgeon 

: a medical specialist who practices surgery

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In one case, a surgeon had perforated a patient’s bowel during a laparoscopy. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 Paul O’Brien plays a surgeon also staying at the resort, who shows a romantic interest in her, too. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Hallmark Channel Just Announced Four New Summer Movies," 29 May 2018 Later, it was reattached to her head by surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Texas. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Doctors Grew an Ear on a Woman's Elbow," 10 May 2018 Before antiseptics, many patients perished at the hands of their surgeon. Atlas Obscura, RedEye Chicago, "Explore Chicago: Visit the International Museum of Surgical Science," 17 Apr. 2018 Their selections come during the first conference presided over by Nelson, a 93-year-old former heart surgeon who was appointed the 17th president in January following the death of president Thomas S. Monson, who served for a decade. Brady Mccombs, idahostatesman, "New Asian-American, Brazilian apostles make Mormon history | Idaho Statesman," 31 Mar. 2018 The surgeon can also project their view onto screens in the operating room. Rebecca Lurye,, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018 Rachel Weisz is set to star in a biopic about the Victorian-era surgeon Dr. James Barry. Nina Metz,, "Why trans actors should be cast in trans roles," 12 July 2018 Lanthimos updates the story — a young man (Barry Keoghan) blames his father’s death on a malpracticing physician (Colin Farrell), and demands the surgeon kill one of his children as a sacrifice. Gary Thompson,, "Think these movies are too gory? The Greek myths they're based on are worse," 12 July 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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