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

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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally acknowledged this month cloth masks do not offer as much protection as a surgical mask or respirator, which some experts have urged the agency to recommend for the general public. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Jan. 2022 Greece has also restored its outdoor mask mandate, while requiring an FFP2 or double surgical mask on public transport and in indoor public spaces. Frances D'emilio, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Jan. 2022 Brooks sat quietly at the defense table in a red jail jumpsuit and surgical mask. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2022 The cover art depicts a silver bust of Earl with a surgical mask just below his nose, hugging his chin. Marcus J. Moore,, 13 Jan. 2022 Consider a respirator or a disposable surgical mask first. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 8 Jan. 2022 That means getting fully vaccinated and getting boosted, as well as wearing a well-fitting respirator or surgical face mask, quarantining, and testing where available. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 5 Jan. 2022 With a surgical mask, tightening the ear loops, wearing a tight-fitting cloth mask over it, or knotting the ear loops and tucking the mask in will improve its protection, Marr said. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 To best protect yourself, wear an N95 or double mask with a cloth mask over a surgical mask to improve the seal. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022

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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 2022

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“Surgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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