surgery

noun
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
b : operation

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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Her adoption fee includes her spay surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Daisy the adventurous and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 7 June 2019 Knebel is a little over two months removed from his own Tommy John surgery. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 10, Pirates 3: Offense backs solid effort from Brandon Woodruff," 7 June 2019 She's been incredibly vulnerable about her journey with depression, and speaks openly about body standards and loving the scars on her stomach, a result of her surgeries. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "How Sarah Hyland Found Self-Confidence and Self-Love," 9 May 2019 No, his right elbow surgery last season was not serious, but there is a general uneasiness about Fulmer’s health going forward, given his violent delivery. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded?," 10 July 2018 The Nationals are getting back Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters from injuries and Daniel Murphy needs probably another month to knock off the rust from his knee surgery. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 One maid of honor was forced to consider just that after being asked by the bride to postpone a scheduled breast enhancement surgery. Nicole Briese, Glamour, "A Bride Asked Her Maid of Honor to Postpone Breast Implants So She Wouldn't Outshine Her at the Wedding," 12 May 2019 One maid of honor was reportedly forced to consider just that after being asked by the bride to postpone a scheduled breast enhancement surgery. Nicole Briese, Allure, "Bride Asks Maid of Honor to Postpone Her Breast Implant Surgery Until After the Wedding," 11 May 2019 Soon after, Tarek was scheduled for surgeries and radioactive iodine therapy to beat both forms of cancer. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Flip or Flop Star Tarek El Moussa Is Officially Cancer Free Six Years After His Diagnosis," 18 Mar. 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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surgery

noun

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

surgery

noun
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.

surgery

noun
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
b : operation

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