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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Recent Examples on the Web Then-President Barack Obama initiated a policy in 2016 allowing for and providing medical treatment short of surgery for transgender service members. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Military touts 'wonderful teams' of doctors for transgender troops, but combat concerns remain," 2 Apr. 2021 Paxton will get his second medical opinion on Monday, with the possibility of Tommy John surgery still looming. ... Dave Campbell, ajc, "Haniger, Mariners win 4-3 as Twins' trouble in 10th persists," 10 Apr. 2021 The surviving technician, Robert Shook, is out of surgery, according to a Facebook post from his daughter on Thursday evening. Dianne Gallagher, Steve Almasy And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Scientists will study brain of former NFL player who police say killed five people then took his own life," 9 Apr. 2021 The lead surgeon, Dr. Eric M. Genden, Sr., is the chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Woman Takes A Deep Breath After First Successful Tracheal Transplant," 6 Apr. 2021 The average cost of surgery alone to treat early-stage breast cancer is about $60,000, much less than the $134,000 to treat late-stage cancer. Abigail Hardin, STAT, "Fee or free? The services hospital-based psychologists provide are ‘priceless’," 3 Apr. 2021 The cause was complications of bypass surgery, according to his wife, Sonia Segal. New York Times, "George Segal, Veteran of Drama and TV Comedy, Is Dead at 87," 23 Mar. 2021 The California Republican said that he was tested for the virus antibodies ahead of elbow surgery in December and the results came back positive. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "GOP leader Kevin McCarthy tested positive for coronavirus antibodies," 19 Mar. 2021 Bartlett, now a professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School, cites flawed methodology of the trial, but by then, ECMO was considered a fringe technology. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "Explaining ECMO and how it saves lives," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of surgery was in the 14th century

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13 Apr 2021

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“Surgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgery. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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