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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just 20 days after the surgical procedure to correct the high-ankle sprain, Tagovailoa lacked the mobility that allows him to buy time in pressure situations. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Why Tua Tagovailoa earned ultimate respect from LSU safety," 10 Nov. 2019 She’s been deployed to various regions including Haiti, Afghanistan and various countries in the Middle East as an in-flight critical care nurse, ICU, trauma and fleet surgical team nurse. Anna Canzano, oregonlive, "Anna Canzano: Taking your questions about military romance scams," 1 Nov. 2019 Sterilization is a daily process at hospitals and many other health care facilities, used to remove bacteria from medical scopes, catheters, surgical kits and other reusable instruments. CBS News, "Hospitals could face shortage of critical surgical tools, FDA warns," 28 Oct. 2019 There is a wide range of surgical procedures that open the space for breathing in the throat by removing or repositioning structures such as the soft palate (back of the roof of the mouth) or tongue. Eric Kezirian, The Conversation, "A good night’s sleep, a long-sought dream for sleep apnea patients, may be in closer reach," 28 Oct. 2019 Scripps Clinic organ transplant surgeon; Jamie Case, scientific program director of the Scripps Center for Organ and Cell Transplantation; and Gary Meyer, Scripps Green Hospital surgical nurse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New system could save more patients needing transplants for lung, liver or heart," 5 July 2019 Yang, his partner Dr. William Frymark and a surgical nurse from Amita joined 10 members of the zoo staff in the zoo's operating room Jan. 23. Kimberly Fornek,, "Brookfield Zoo orangutan recovering after appendectomy by La Grange Hospital surgeons," 16 Feb. 2018 Marsha Edwards received a medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and owned MME Enterprises LLC, a supplier of surgical and medical equipment, according to her LinkedIn page. Hanna Krueger,, "Slain BU student Erin Edwards remembered for her commitment to social justice, journalism, and music," 23 Aug. 2019 The tragicomedy felt surgical, like Atlanta was Temple of Dooming America’s broken heart right out of our schismatic rib cage. Derek Lawrence,, "Welcome to more Atlanta: FX series gets early season 4 renewal," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Surgical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce surgical (audio)

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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