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 Chris Miyamoto, Jade's surgeon, said he's seen her every few months for ultrasounds and check-ups since her surgery. Jordan Erb, The Indianapolis Star, "After beating cancer, 19-year-old enrolls in nursing school to help kids battling illness," 22 Oct. 2020 My breast surgeon and her staff have been helpful, thorough, and supportive. Kai Mcgee, Marie Claire, "On Being a Black Woman, Mother, & Breast Cancer Survivor," 19 Oct. 2020 The biopsy results, delivered six days after the procedure via teleconference from my breast surgeon, revealed no cancer remained. Sherry Amatenstein, Good Housekeeping, "Experiencing Chemotherapy During COVID-19 Has Given Me So Many Things to Be Grateful For," 7 Oct. 2020 Her exasperation even led her to go back to her surgeon and ask to reverse the effects of the surgery. Shreeya Agarwal,, "Westminster woman loses over 300 pounds and changes her life around: ‘I am here today. I am alive.’," 6 Sep. 2020 From pre-op to last day, the size of Asjia’s heart decreased drastically, her pressure levels went back to normal, the mitral and tricuspid valves were functioning properly and there was no more valve leakage, said her surgeon Dr. Hani Najim. Nick Moyle,, "Texas volleyball’s Asjia O’Neal not deterred by two open-heart surgeries," 8 Aug. 2020 Because of the location of the cancer, Morris’ surgeon recommended a mastectomy of his left breast. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Survivor uses humor to spread message about male breast cancer," 8 Oct. 2020 During a congressional hearing last week, Senator Rand Paul, a former eye surgeon, engaged in a heated exchange on the topic with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Trump Allies Say the Virus Has Almost Run Its Course. ‘Nonsense,’ Experts Say.," 29 Sep. 2020 The clip, which fuses the line between fashion and art, features a naked model on a futuristic surgeon's table. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, "Hybrid Paris Fashion Week, both physical and digital, begins," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Surgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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