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

Examples of surgeon general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not before 2022, ex-U.S. surgeon general warns PPP part 3? Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The U.K. has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls on earth. What happened?," 2 Aug. 2020 In February, officials like the U.S. surgeon general urged Americans not to stockpile masks because they were needed by medical personnel and might not be effective in everyday situations. David Klepper, The Christian Science Monitor, "How a vocal minority is keeping coronavirus hoaxes alive," 30 July 2020 Trump never asked the surgeon general’s opinion, Adams says. Washington Post, "Surgeon General Jerome Adams may be the nicest guy in the Trump administration. But is that what America needs right now?," 12 July 2020 Yet he has been thrust into the role of the pandemic surgeon general. Washington Post, "Surgeon General Jerome Adams may be the nicest guy in the Trump administration. But is that what America needs right now?," 12 July 2020 The next two to three weeks, that- which is the same time frame the surgeon general referenced there. CBS News, "Transcript: Scott Gottlieb discusses coronavirus on "Face the Nation," July 12, 2020," 12 July 2020 Speaking after the taskforce meeting, the surgeon general said that masks will be essential for any return to school. Anna Edney, Bloomberg.com, "Fauci Says U.S. Risks 100,000 Daily Cases in Dire Warning," 1 July 2020 Wearing a face mask will give you more freedom, not less, the surgeon general said. Holly Yan, CNN, "Why face mask guidance has changed so much -- and how wearing masks can protect the economy," 25 June 2020 Those are some of the questions that Vivek Murthy, a doctor of internal medicine and a former surgeon general... Matthew Rees, WSJ, "‘Together’ Review: All the Lonely People," 25 May 2020

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First Known Use of surgeon general

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Surgeon general.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgeon%20general. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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