sur·​geon | \ ˈsər-jən How to pronounce surgeon (audio) \

Definition of surgeon

: a medical specialist who practices surgery

Examples of surgeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cactus juice: Infielder Luis Urías, recovering from hamate surgery in his left hand in late January, will visit his surgeon, Don Sheridan, on Friday with the expectation of being cleared to face live pitching in batting practice. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Camp report: Freddy Peralta struggles with fastball command but Brewers rally to beat Reds," 5 Mar. 2020 Transplant surgeons at other hospitals that are accepting organs often have to fly to the deceased donor’s hospital to conduct the recovery surgeries. Lauren Caruba,, "New Center for Life at University Hospital expected to boost organ transplants," 8 Feb. 2020 Another company, in New York, creates a metal scaffold that is meticulously bent so as to re-create the original face angles, so MD Anderson's surgeons don't have to bend an off-the-shelf part into position during the reconstruction. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 Neither did his doctors, his surgeons, his nurses – nobody. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Cancer won the battle a year ago, but Tyler Trent might just win the war," 26 Dec. 2019 But there’s limited real estate in the arm, meaning the surgeons had to choose which functions of the hand were most essential to replace. STAT, "Surgeons test-drive the amputation of the future with a mail-order limb, rerouted nerve, and prosthetic hand that grips like the real thing," 12 Dec. 2019 To close the leak, my surgeon decided to put a stitch in the artery wall, a common fix., "Doctors Dismissed the Lump on My Neck as a ‘Swollen Lymph Node’ for 5 Years—but It Turned Out to Be Cancer," 25 Nov. 2019 The procedure, called emergency preservation and resuscitation (EPR), prolongs the amount of time that surgeons have to operate on a patient by up to two hours, reports Helen Thomson for New Scientist. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Doctors Put a Patient in Suspended Animation for the First Time," 23 Nov. 2019 Chapman and two colleagues cut hair under a Holbein portrait of Henry VIII and his barber-surgeons and apothecaries. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A band of British barbers are trying to save men’s lives, one haircut at a time," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of surgeon

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surgeon

Middle English surgien, from Anglo-French, alteration of cirurgien, from cirurgerie surgery

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The first known use of surgeon was in the 14th century

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16 Mar 2020

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“Surgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of surgeon

: a doctor who performs operations that involve cutting into someone's body in order to repair or remove damaged or diseased parts : a doctor who performs surgery


sur·​geon | \ ˈsər-jən How to pronounce surgeon (audio) \

Kids Definition of surgeon

: a doctor who performs surgery


sur·​geon | \ ˈsər-jən How to pronounce surgeon (audio) \

Medical Definition of surgeon

1 : a medical specialist who performs surgery : a physician qualified to treat those diseases that are amenable to or require surgery — compare internist
2 : the senior medical officer of a military unit

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