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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McCarron is facing surgery at the end of the season to repair a tendon running through his right ankle. Andrew Seligman, chicagotribune.com, "Scott Parel takes lead at Senior Players after 2 rounds at Exmoor," 13 July 2018 Read Cindy's full statement, issued Thursday, to The Arizona Republic: Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the surgery that discovered my husband had a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "A year after John McCain's cancer diagnosis, Cindy McCain expresses gratitude to caregivers," 13 July 2018 The first lady's appearance came amid her return to the international stage after she was hospitalized in May for a kidney surgery and dropped out of sight for nearly a month. Sylvia Hui, Fox News, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Flair’s fiancee, Wendy Barlow, confirmed to Pro Wrestling Sheet that Flair's surgery was a success. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "After an earlier life-saving operation, Ric Flair undergoes another surgery," 9 July 2018 Houston Methodist Hospital is about to close operating rooms that were the site of some of the world’s firsts in heart surgery. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Historic Houston ORs closing at Methodist," 8 July 2018 For example, over 95 percent of attendings observed in cardiothoracic surgery were men. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 The surgery is the most common operation performed in the United Kingdom, according to the Press Association. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Skipped a Royal Event Because She Was Feeling "Under the Weather"," 28 June 2018 While the surgeries were successful, Katie — who is from San Diego — is experiencing complications with her pituitary gland, a tiny organ located at the base of the brain that produces important hormones. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Drifts for 45 Minutes in Terrifying Parasailing Accident Before Crashing, Breaking 4 Ribs," 27 June 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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