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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Celtics center was sidelined for nearly a month after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee March 30. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2022 Jamal Murray missed the entire 2021-22 season after tearing his ACL in mid-April last year, while Kawhi Leonard missed the entire 2021-22 season after undergoing surgery to repair a partial ACL tear last July. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Other details were not immediately available, but Mr. Kravchuk had been in poor health after undergoing a heart surgery last year, according to the Associated Press. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Counsell also said right-hander Justin Topa, who's been out since early last September after tearing a flexor tendon and undergoing surgery, will head out on a minor-league rehab assignment in 3-4 weeks. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 People receiving gender-affirming medical care must typically be over the age of majority before undergoing surgery, experts say. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2022 Around the horn Right-hander Chris Ellis will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing successful microscopic shoulder surgery Wednesday in Arlington, Texas. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 Nearly two decades after undergoing gastric bypass surgery following a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Randy Jackson is feeling better than ever. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 Randy Jackson has maintained a 100-pound-plus weight loss since undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2003. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Surgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgery. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for surgery

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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