surgeon general

noun

plural surgeons 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 Our social lives are suffering, too, which prompted the U.S. surgeon general to declare a national advisory last year about our surging epidemic of loneliness. J. David Creswell, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Advertisement The lawmakers at the Monday news conference cited research published by the U.S. surgeon general last year as evidence of the harms that social media use inflicts on minors. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 In May 2023, the surgeon general issued a warning about the concerning effects of social media on youth mental health. Royce Branning, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 The Sussexes are scheduled to participate in a panel on youth mental health in the age of social media, along with surgeon general Vivek Murthy and moderated by Carson Daly. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 10 Oct. 2023 Social media may not be safe for young people, surgeon general warns May 23, 2023 The report acknowledges the distressing rise in depression, suicide and poor mental health among U.S. adolescents, as well as the corresponding growth in their social media use. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 That shift accelerated after DeSantis appointed a new health secretary and surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, who has issued a number of recommendations and statements that have been roundly criticized by other medical officials and experts. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 The cost of loneliness has been discussed for some time, but in May, the United States surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, issued an official advisory, warning that isolation can be just as deadly as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day and poses a greater risk to longevity than being sedentary or obese. Allison Gilbert, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The World Mental Health Day event, held in New York City, also included a panel discussion with the Sussexes and the US surgeon general, moderated by Carson Daly. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surgeon general was in 1706

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“Surgeon general.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgeon%20general. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

surgeon general

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

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
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