surgery

noun

sur·​gery ˈsərj-rē How to pronounce surgery (audio)
ˈsər-jə-
plural surgeries
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
3
a
British : a physician's or dentist's office
b
: a room or area where surgery is performed
4
a
: the work done by a surgeon
b

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The then 70-year-old was seriously injured and underwent emergency surgery before being released after almost two weeks in the hospital. Dan Morrison, USA TODAY, 15 July 2024 Instead, May’s esophagus surgery serves as the latest unexpected blow to the Dodgers’ pitching plans. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2024 Treatment approaches, including home remedies, medication, and surgeries, focus on managing pain and addressing the underlying cause. Lindsay Curtis, Health, 13 July 2024 The veteran reliever had surgery in June to remove bone chips in his elbow, and general manager Mike Elias said last month that he’s expected to return in September. Taylor Lyons, Baltimore Sun, 13 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for surgery 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'surgery.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near surgery

Cite this Entry

“Surgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgery. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

surgery

noun
sur·​gery ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce surgery (audio)
plural surgeries
1
: medical science concerned with the correction of physical defects, the repair and healing of injuries, and the treatment of diseased conditions especially by operations
2
a
: the work done by a surgeon
3
: a room or area where surgery is performed
Etymology

Middle English surgerie "surgery," from early French cirurgerie, surgerie (same meaning), from Latin chirurgia (same meaning), derived from Greek cheirourgos "surgeon," from cheirourgos "doing by hand," from cheir "hand" and ergon "work"

Medical Definition

surgery

noun
sur·​gery ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce surgery (audio)
plural surgeries
1
: a branch of medicine concerned with diseases and conditions requiring or amenable to operative or manual procedures
2
a
British : a physician's or dentist's office
b
: a room or area where surgery is performed
3
a
: the work done by a surgeon
b

More from Merriam-Webster on surgery

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!