surgeon general

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 In 2018, widespread use prompted the surgeon general to declare teen vaping an epidemic. Fortune, 15 June 2021 Murthy, was surgeon general during the Obama administration. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2020 Take the Hammond's flycatcher, named for William Alexander Hammond, a former US surgeon general, said Jordan Rutter, co-founder of the initiative. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 9 June 2021 But the low point of the pandemic for California’s surgeon general happened well before the state’s death toll topped 60,000. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 So Vogue caught up with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, an expert in toxic stress who in 2019 became California’s first-ever state surgeon general and, by extension, one of the most powerful public health officials in the country. Richard Morgan, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2021 The offices of Florida's governor and surgeon general did not respond to CNN's requests for interviews. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 1 Apr. 2021 The Senate on Tuesday voted 57 to 43 to confirm Vivek H. Murthy as United States surgeon general, ensuring that a top ally of President Biden will play a visible role in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 He high-fived cheering and unmasked MAGA fans at a Donald Trump rally, opened the Governor’s Mansion for holiday parties and sidelined the state’s surgeon general and top health leader, Dr. Scott Rivkees. Baidi Wang,, 19 Mar. 2021

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1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Surgeon general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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

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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