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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States that expanded Medicaid tend to see their populations having greater access to a wide array of health care services, from primary care to substance abuse treatment to surgery. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah vote to expand Medicaid," 7 Nov. 2018 Dissatisfied with medical school and in dire need of money, Mary begins performing underground surgeries and body modifications. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 As reported by the BBC, in November 2016, a man known to the media as Mr. G went into Wrexham Maelor Hospital in northern Wales for ankle surgery. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Unlucky Man Had BMW Crushed While He Was Getting Surgery," 18 Oct. 2018 Emergency brain surgery followed, along with an unfashionable titanium plate and a mandatory week in bed. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Carolyne Roehm Is the O.G. Lifestyle Maven and Her New Book Shows Why She Still Inspires," 18 Oct. 2018 Plus, having a surgery like the one Dr. Holmes described (known as a labiaplasty) isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "Is My Vagina Normal?," 18 Oct. 2018 The low back feature was requested by Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 Since the raid, he's dropped more than 100 pounds (thanks to weight loss surgery) and become engaged. Becky Bracken, Real Estate News and Advice | Realtor.com®, "'Pawn Stars' Star Chumlee Cuts Price on His Las Vegas Party Pad," 2 Oct. 2018 In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, the hospital said Bolsonaro was in surgery but did not elaborate. Fox News, "Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian presidential candidate, stabbed during event, suspects in custody: reports," 2 Oct. 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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