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[mahy-kroh-sur-juh-ree, mahy-kroh-sur-] /ˈmaɪ kroʊˌsɜr dʒə ri, ˌmaɪ kroʊˈsɜr-/
any of various surgical procedures performed under magnification and with small specialized instruments, permitting very delicate operations, as the reconnection of severed blood vessels and nerves.
Origin of microsurgery
First recorded in 1925-30; micro- + surgery
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microsurgical, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for microsurgery


intricate surgery performed on cells, tissues, etc, using a specially designed operating microscope and miniature precision instruments
Derived Forms
microsurgical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for microsurgery

1927, from micro- + surgery.

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microsurgery in Medicine

microsurgery mi·cro·sur·ger·y (mī'krō-sûr'jə-rē)
Surgery on minute body structures or cells performed with the aid of a microscope and other specialized instruments, such as a micromanipulator.

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microsurgery in Science
Surgery on tiny body structures or cells that is performed with the aid of a microscope and other specialized instruments, such as a laser.
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