sur·gi·cal | \ˈsər-ji-kəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of surgical in a Sentence

The work was done with surgical precision.

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Krebs is a firm supporter of using opioids for acute surgical pain or for easing the agony of dying, but there has never been good evidence for deploying them against chronic pain. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Why We Won’t Miss Opioids," 1 June 2018 Luna, who was wearing a ski mask, sunglasses, and surgical gloves, grabbed the victim from behind, put her into a chokehold, and tied her hands with shoelaces under the I-55 viaduct, according to the release. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Man pleads guilty to sex assault," 16 May 2018 Many of the new measures are designed, with almost surgical precision, to harm his supporters. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Which is why Frans de Waal, one of the world’s leading experts on animal behaviour, has turned his attention to the operating theatre to demonstrate how insights drawn from his discipline might improve surgical practice. The Economist, "Mixed surgical teams lead to less medical error," 2 July 2018 That however, doesn’t take away from the amazing surgical achievements of the Inca. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Inca Skull Surgeons Had Better Success Rates Than American Civil War Doctors," 14 June 2018 Board puts Indiana veterinarian's license on probation INDIANAPOLIS — A state veterinary board has put a northern Indiana veterinarian's license on probation for two years due to violations related to medications and surgical tools. Chicago Tribune,, "Indiana collected less corporate taxes in fiscal year 2018," 13 July 2018 The anticorrosive, glimmering metal became a critical material for surgical tools and home goods. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 He was presented with surgical options and conservative care to treat the injury, according to the Angels. Charlotte Carroll,, "Angels' Garrett Richards Has Damage to His UCL, May Need Surgery," 11 July 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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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 \

Kids Definition of surgical

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


sur·gi·cal | \ˈsər-ji-kəl \

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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