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

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 A year after suffering a vocal cord injury following emergency open heart surgery, singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is ready to hit the road again. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Lindsey Buckingham Plots First Post-Heart Surgery Solo Tour," 12 Feb. 2020 Prato was shot through the neck and needed surgery to try to repair nerves. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Steven Jones to be sentenced for 2015 NAU shooting," 11 Feb. 2020 Renovations of that area of the hospital, which was previously dedicated to pediatric heart surgeries, and the purchase of new equipment cost more than $3.5 million. Lauren Caruba,, "New Center for Life at University Hospital expected to boost organ transplants," 8 Feb. 2020 There is a new center for cardiology care and cardiac surgery, an infusion center and new surgical facilities. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "St. Luke’s Hospital Rebrands as Mount Sinai Morningside After $250 Million Overhaul," 7 Feb. 2020 The majority of these individuals undergo removal surgery, including, allegedly, pop singer Ke$ha. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "Most humans don’t have tails. So why do we have the bones for it?," 7 Feb. 2020 Menser’s mother, Stephanie Bashore, said that her 36-year-old daughter has advanced uterine cancer as well as cervical cancer and needs surgery to remove her uterus and the tissue around it. Richard A. Oppel Jr.,, "A cancer patient stole groceries worth $109.63. She was sentenced to 10 months.," 1 Feb. 2020 That proved fortuitous when the young Miss Temple needed emergency surgery. Jennifer Crittenden, The New Yorker, "The Path-Less-Travelled Hollywood Cemetery Tour," 11 Jan. 2020 Matthew suffered a broken back and Kelly needed brain surgery. Jeff Risdon, Lions Wire, "Matthew & Kelly Stafford surprise a family of Lions fans with a Christmas visit," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Surgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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


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.


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

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