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 The team’s two most experienced returning receivers, Shedrick Jackson and Ze’Vian Capers, have both been extremely limited in practices; Jackson is dealing with an undisclosed injury, while Caper is recovering from January foot surgery. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "What we’ve learned through 2 weeks of Auburn’s spring football practice," 29 Mar. 2021 Zack Britton’s elbow surgery weakens a bullpen that lost Adam Ottavino in a trade to the Red Sox. New York Times, "A Ballpark Half Full and Another Half Empty for All 30 Teams," 29 Mar. 2021 Players traded during a season cannot re-sign with their previous team, ruling out any possible Heat return of Silva, Olynyk or Leonard, who is out for the season following shoulder surgery. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Precious Achiuwa among last big men standing for Heat, with power void behind Bam Adebayo evident," 29 Mar. 2021 The hand surgeon should not do surgery unless there is clear evidence that there is damage to the nerve. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Will this surgery help the pinched nerve in my neck?," 29 Mar. 2021 But that season, Woodson was still remarkable, returning from midseason back surgery to play in IU’s last six games and claim a Big Ten title. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "'I see banners going up in the rafters again.' IU basketball alums excited for Mike Woodson," 29 Mar. 2021 Within days, Archie had performed ear-reduction surgery on the bunny. Washington Post, "Our dog loves his chew toy so much that we bought a duplicate, just in case," 28 Mar. 2021 Merrill Kelly, coming off thoracic outlet surgery, looked healthy but was hit very hard. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Breaking down the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks," 28 Mar. 2021 The Bruins earlier in the morning issued a media release, noting that veteran defenseman John Moore chose to undergo hip surgery earlier in the week and will be sidelined for up to six months. BostonGlobe.com, "Brad Marchand added to NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list," 27 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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“Surgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgery. Accessed 10 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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