sur·​gi·​cal | \ ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce surgical (audio) \

Definition of surgical

1a : of or relating to surgeons or surgery surgical skills
b : used in or in connection with surgery surgical gauze
c : following or resulting from surgery surgical fevers
2 : characteristic of or resembling surgery or a surgeon especially in control or incisiveness surgical precision

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Other Words from surgical

surgically \ ˈsər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce surgical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of surgical in a Sentence

The work was done with surgical precision.
Recent Examples on the Web On top are boxes of surgical gloves in a variety of sizes. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Inside Beaumont's COVID-19 units, nurses fear people 'just don't care'," 28 Dec. 2020 The supply of surgical gloves at Alabama’s Department of Health is critically low, according to Dr. Karen Landers, assistant state health officer. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "U.S. Supplies of Covid-19 PPE Fall Short of Targets," 10 Dec. 2020 The skin could also be used to create smart surgical gloves -- replacing the sensitivity that is usually lost when wearing hand coverings. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, "New artificial skin can feel real pain," 2 Dec. 2020 Several times a week, Tracy Hall, a nurse at Shaw Family Medical, dons a surgical gown, mask, face shield and gloves and enters a home. NBC News, "As Covid surges in Mississippi Delta, food banks and hospitals are stretched thin," 31 Dec. 2020 Passengers wearing designer cloth masks are politely requested to take them off and wear the not-so-trendy yet universally acknowledged as effective light blue surgical mask. Jerome Delay, USA TODAY, "Two hotspots: Flying Johannesburg to Paris amid pandemic as COVID travel restrictions increase," 24 Dec. 2020 As a busy workday wound down on a recent evening in Bisbee, Tarazon ripped off his surgical mask, scrubbed his hands and jumped into his Chrysler sedan. Los Angeles Times, "Pandemic closures alter the rhythm of life in towns on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border," 22 Dec. 2020 Ines Cruz Camilo held a large tapestry of the Virgin and wore a blue surgical mask. Nina Strochlic, History & Culture, "Mexico adapts its mega-pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in a disrupted year," 22 Dec. 2020 By then, the price the company charged to California had fallen to $2.13 per N95 mask and 20 cents per surgical mask, barely a third of the spring rate. David A. Lieb And Camille Fassett,, "State governments spent over $7 billion competing for early hard-to-get coronavirus supplies: ‘It was chaos, pandemonium’," 19 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of surgical

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for surgical

surgeon + -ical

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The first known use of surgical was in 1707

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Surgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of surgical

: of or relating to the process of performing a medical operation : of or relating to surgery
: used during surgery
: resulting from a surgery


sur·​gi·​cal | \ ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce surgical (audio) \

Kids Definition of surgical

: of, relating to, or associated with surgery or surgeons surgical instruments


sur·​gi·​cal | \ ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce surgical (audio) \

Medical Definition of surgical

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with surgeons or surgery surgical skill
2 : requiring surgical treatment a surgical appendix
3 : used in or in connection with surgery surgical gauze
4 : following or resulting from surgery surgical fevers

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