surgeon general

noun
plural surgeons general

Definition of surgeon general 

: the chief medical officer of a branch of the armed services or of a public health service

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The rapid spread of vaping was highlighted by a 2016 report from the US surgeon general that cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Teen develops 'wet lung' after vaping for just 3 weeks," 17 May 2018 How about the surgeon general of the United States? Jonathan Miller, CBS News, "Surgeon general helps fellow passenger who passed out on flight," 16 May 2018 Adams, who has served as surgeon general since September of last year, is an anesthesiologist, according to his official biography. Clare Foran, CNN, "US Surgeon General says he assisted in medical emergency on Delta flight," 16 May 2018 The surgeon general, responding to a call for emergency help, worked with the flight crew and two nurses to provide medical assistance. Washington Post, "The Health 202: These Republicans may pay a political price for their health-care votes," 18 May 2018 According to a 2016 report by the surgeon general, only 10 percent of people in the US with a drug use disorder get specialty treatment. German Lopez, Vox, "Medical marijuana may help combat the opioid crisis. But there are better solutions.," 30 Apr. 2018 In a February e-mail to the Guard's surgeon general, Master Sgt. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Arizona National Guard hired suspended doctor for training," 15 July 2015 According to the surgeon general's office, a passenger had lost consciousness and the crew asked for help. Jonathan Miller, CBS News, "Surgeon general helps fellow passenger who passed out on flight," 16 May 2018 According to the surgeon general’s 2016 addiction report, only 10 percent of people with a substance use disorder get specialty treatment — which the report attributed in part to poor access to care. German Lopez, Vox, "It’s not that the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 is bad. It’s that the proposal falls short.," 24 Apr. 2018

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1706, in the meaning defined above

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surgeon general

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surgeon general

: the chief medical officer of a branch of the military or of a public health service

surgeon general

noun
plural surgeons general

Medical Definition of surgeon general 

: the chief medical officer of a branch of the armed services or of a public health service

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