sur·​gery | \ ˈsərj-rē How to pronounce surgery (audio) , ˈsər-jə-\
plural surgeries

Definition of surgery

1 : a branch of medicine concerned with diseases and conditions requiring or amenable to operative or manual procedures
2 : alterations made as if by surgery literary surgery
3a British : a physician's or dentist's office
b : a room or area where surgery is performed
4a : the work done by a surgeon

Examples of surgery in a Sentence

He's a specialist in brain surgery. The doctor has recommended surgery. He has recently undergone surgery on his shoulder. a doctor who has performed many surgeries The patient was taken directly to surgery.
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Recent Examples on the Web Police said one protester was hit and has undergone surgery. Fox News, "Hong Kong police apparently shoot protester in video posted to Facebook," 11 Nov. 2019 One of the men underwent surgery so doctors could drill screws into his teeth and wire his jaw shut. oregonlive, "Portland man who punched 3 strangers, breaking facial bones, gets nearly 9 years in prison," 8 Nov. 2019 Camara will miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after undergoing surgery on her left knee on Nov. 4. Alexa Philippou,, "Introducing the 2019-20 UConn women’s basketball team," 7 Nov. 2019 Ho was lucid after the attack and is expected to undergo surgery. Time Staff, Time, "Conservative Politician Stabbed in Hong Kong as City Gears Up for Tense Elections," 6 Nov. 2019 Everton midfielder Andre Gomes is set to undergo surgery on Monday for the fracture dislocation of his right ankle suffered during Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham at Goodison Park., "Everton Midfielder Andre Gomes Undergoes Surgery on Dislocated Ankle," 4 Nov. 2019 Jeremy Roloff, formerly of Little People, Big World, recently underwent hernia surgery. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Gives Fans an Important Update on Jeremy After His Surgery," 4 Nov. 2019 She was forced to scrap a few support dates on Bruno Mars’ 2018 national arena tour to undergo surgery on her wisdom teeth. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Dua Lipa to Perform at 2019 ARIA Awards," 31 Oct. 2019 Hart sustained injuries in the crash and even had to undergo surgery. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Kevin Hart Breaks Silence After Car Accident: 'It Can Be All Over, Man'," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of surgery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for surgery

Middle English surgerie, from Anglo-French cirurgerie, surgerie, from Latin chirurgia, from Greek cheirourgia, from cheirourgos surgeon, from cheirourgos doing by hand, from cheir hand + ergon work — more at chir-, work

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14 Nov 2019

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

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How to pronounce surgery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of surgery

: medical treatment in which a doctor cuts into someone's body in order to repair or remove damaged or diseased parts
chiefly US : the area in a hospital where surgery is performed
British : a place where a doctor or dentist treats people


sur·​gery | \ ˈsər-jə-rē How to pronounce surgery (audio) \
plural surgeries

Kids Definition of surgery

: medical treatment (as of disease, injury, or physical abnormality) that involves cutting into the body usually to expose internal parts She had surgery to remove her appendix.


sur·​gery | \ ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce surgery (audio) \
plural surgeries

Medical Definition of surgery

1 : a branch of medicine concerned with diseases and conditions requiring or amenable to operative or manual procedures
2a British : a physician's or dentist's office
b : a room or area where surgery is performed
3a : the work done by a surgeon

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