surgery

noun
sur·​gery | \ ˈsərj-rē, 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Forward Cordell Pemsl is out for the season after knee surgery and sophomore Jack Nunge is redshirting to help balance out Iowa’s frontcourt depth for the next few years. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "0-2 in the Big Ten, Iowa looks to hang in league chase," 2 Jan. 2019 Treatment involves emergency surgery and antifungal medication before the fungus invades the eyes or brain, per the Cleveland Clinic. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for malignant lung growths," 21 Dec. 2018 After graduation from dental school in 2007, Dr. Carmichael received additional training in root canal therapy, soft tissue laser therapy, implant surgery, and implant restorations. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Rasmus was dealing with hip issues over the course of the last two seasons, landing on the disabled list several times after recovering from hip surgery and suffering from tendinitis and flexor strain. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Colby Rasmus leaves Orioles, to discontinue baseball career," 3 July 2018 After surgery and a year-plus recovery, Schifino is healed, and the band is back on the road. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "After a Traumatic Knee Injury, Matt and Kim Drummer Kim Schifino Is Back on Her Feet," 15 June 2018 Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for malignant lung growths," 21 Dec. 2018 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a successful surgery today to have two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung, CNN has reported. Vogue, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Successful Surgery to Remove Cancerous Nodules From Her Lung," 21 Dec. 2018

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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

: a place where a doctor or dentist treats people

surgery

noun
sur·​gery | \ ˈsər-jə-rē \
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 \
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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