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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Clarke underwent a three-hour surgery in which a wire was put into one of her arteries through her groin. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Reveals She Survived 2 Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 Last week, astronauts on the International Space Station performed some routine surgery on an onboard computer by replacing a power inverter. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Saga of a Stranded Space Station Supercomputer," 18 Mar. 2019 Traditionally, a rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to You Need to Know When Considering a Non-Surgical Nose Job," 11 Mar. 2019 The previous EKGs had measured electrical signals from Mika's heart, but missed what the surgery later revealed: A 98% blockage in her left anterior descending (LAD) artery. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Doctors Kept Calling It Stress. Then I Learned I Had a 98% Blockage in My Heart.," 7 Feb. 2019 High-intensity lasers can also turn electrical insulators into conductors, precisely cut or drill holes in many different materials, or perform laser eye surgery. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "2018 physics Nobel Prize honors 3, including first woman in 55 years," 2 Oct. 2018 The surgery is expected to sideline Shelton for more than a month, though it is not considered to be season-ending. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "As transfer window opens, Sporting KC sets sights on striker," 11 July 2018 Want to wish the champ a successful surgery tomorrow. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "After an earlier life-saving operation, Ric Flair undergoes another surgery," 9 July 2018 Two years later, Gulbis had the same surgery to treat bulging discs and found better results. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "Sacramento's Natalie Gulbis on LPGA comeback trail – and has a tee time with Steph Curry," 29 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
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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