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 surgically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of surgical in a Sentence

The work was done with surgical precision.

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In Christmas Under Wraps, Candace plays Dr. Lauren Brunell, a surgical resident who begrudgingly accepts a job in the teeny tiny town of Garland, Alaska. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark Is Now Airing Christmas Movies All Year Long So Cancel Your Plans Accordingly," 1 Feb. 2019 Medicare coverage for cataract surgery is the same whether conventional surgical techniques or a bladeless, computer controlled laser is used. Sarah Gantz,, "Health cost outrage: The doctor wanted $1,575 up front for cataract surgery," 26 Feb. 2018 Familiarity with current research and proficiency in advanced surgical techniques help Adam V. Metzler, M.D., better treat athletes who suffer painful anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries. Orthocincy,, "Stay healthy: Surgeon’s “constant learning” gets athletes back in the game," 25 June 2018 Ariadne has spread the idea from surgical suites in Toronto to maternity clinics in India. Ike Swetlitz, STAT, "Inside Ariadne Labs, Atul Gawande’s testing ground for new ideas in health care," 27 June 2018 In surgical suites at opposites ends of the state, its two most prominent members, Gov. Bob Casey and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, underwent life-threatening surgery. John Baer,, "Remembering the historic day Pa.'s Casey, Specter had critical surgeries | John Baer," 12 June 2018 The 8,600-square-foot facility will have surgical rooms, where homeless dogs and cats can be sterilized and vaccinated. Sabra Ayres,, "To prepare for soccer's World Cup, Russia is killing stray dogs. Animal-rights activists are fighting back," 6 June 2018 Ho said in all abortions, both medication and surgical, less than 1 percent result in complications. Suzanne Gamboa /, NBC News, "Planned Parenthood cancels abortions in Arkansas after restrictive law is reinstated," 31 May 2018 Inside a vacant former maximum-security prison, the Pentagon has nearly finished building a new health clinic with nearby surgical and radiological suites. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Making Guantánamo Great Again: The prison’s media makeover," 12 Feb. 2018

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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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22 Feb 2019

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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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