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

Definition of surgeon

: a medical specialist who practices surgery

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Last week, Finegan told The Buffalo News that surgeons placed a rod against his tibia and found no damage to his right leg's muscles, tendons and ligaments. Jenna West,, "Buffalo Punter Evan Finegan Gets Call From Joe Theismann After Suffering Similar Injury," 17 Sep. 2019 The practice has kept its original name even though no surgeons have practiced there for a long time, Loftin said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: A meadery opens in Anchorage, and Nordstrom will close for good Friday," 7 Sep. 2019 Transplant surgeons said there are many reasons a healthy donor kidney will be rejected for a patient in need. Erin Allday,, "Major shortcomings in organ transplant network flagged in UCSF, Columbia studies," 7 Sep. 2019 The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa has trained over 650 local surgeons from Africa who pledge to serve their home villages as a condition of enrollment. Caroline Yao, Quartz, "One of the biggest threats to children across the world begins in hospitals," 7 Sep. 2019 Surgical patients are highly motivated, for instance, and healthy enough that surgeons do not turn them away. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce Heart Risks in People With Type 2 Diabetes," 2 Sep. 2019 Their mother, Marsha Edwards, an accomplished businesswoman and former wife of prominent local surgeon Dr. Christopher Edwards, raised her two children with love, and doted on them and their many accomplishments, friends and relatives say. Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY, "‘I could not ask for better children,' mom said on Instagram before killing adult kids in apparent murder-suicide," 30 Aug. 2019 One of the world’s most renowned heart surgeons, Cooley performed the first successful U.S. heart transplant and implanted the first artificial heart in a human. Elaine Ayala,, "San Antonio is lucky Dr. Chiscano chose us as his immigration story," 29 Aug. 2019 OncoNano, which received $6 million from the state in 2016, is conducting clinical trials on injectable fluorescent compounds that help cancer surgeons visualize diseased tissues, allowing more precise removal. Dallas News, "Texas awards $15.4 million to Southlake biotech firm testing cancer detection method," 27 Aug. 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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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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