surgeon general

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Monkeypox now a 'global emergency':US needs to step up, says former surgeon general. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 As surgeon general, Rivkees plays a pivotal role in the state’s response. Skyler Swisher, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing Florida's surgeon general over the state's law that prohibits companies from requiring customers and employees to provide documentation of Covid-19 vaccination status. CNN, 14 July 2021 Murthy, instead, has been asked to serve once again as U.S. surgeon general, Politico reported. Lev Facher, STAT, 3 Dec. 2020 In a show of solidarity, more than 30 organizations to date have announced 75 commitments in response to the surgeon general's call-to-action. ABC News, 14 June 2022 Other research, including a recent surgeon general’s advisory on young people’s mental health, has found higher rates of depression, anxiety, loneliness and other social-emotional issues among children since the pandemic. Jonathan Todres, The Conversation, 2 June 2022 Murthy and Levine held a private listening session with health care workers in Phoenix on Tuesday and discussed the surgeon general's national advisory on health worker burnout. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 24 May 2022 These emotional truths all factored into his decision when Biden asked Murthy to serve again as his surgeon general. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'surgeon general.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surgeon general was in 1706

Dictionary Entries Near surgeon general

Cite this Entry

“Surgeon general.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgeon%20general. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Medical Definition

surgeon general

noun

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

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2022

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ