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 During their rounds with Addison, Schmitt (Jake Borelli) and the other interns argue about the history between the famed neonatal surgeon and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Ashley Boucher,, 14 Oct. 2021 According to the state’s public health department, Mcintosh is a 1969 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and was issued a Connecticut surgeon and physician license in 1971., 24 Sep. 2021 An Orange County Superior Court judge on Thursday approved a request by state prosecutors to drop a host of rape charges against a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Birmingham: An eye surgeon is donating $95 million to the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s medical school in what officials said is the largest philanthropic pledge in the university’s history. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 While there are conflicting views on the efficacy of breast self-exams, many experts — including breast cancer surgeon Susan K. Boolbol, chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel — still recommend women begin conducting them in their 20s. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, 1 Oct. 2021 Madison, now living in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and working as a surgical assistant for an oral surgeon, made three more visits to the DR. Eileen Finan,, 30 Sep. 2021 Callie develops feelings for cardio surgeon Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith). Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 Dred Scott and his wife Harriet sued for their freedom in Missouri, a slave state, after having lived with their owner, an Army surgeon, in the free Territory of Wisconsin. CNN, 29 Sep. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Surgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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