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[mahy-kroh-sur-juh-ree, mahy-kroh-sur-]
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  1. 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
Related formsmi·cro·sur·gi·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for microsurgery


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


1927, from micro- + surgery.

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microsurgery in Medicine


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  1. 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


  1. 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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