- the art, practice, or work of treating diseases, injuries, or deformities by manual or operative procedures.
- the branch of medicine concerned with such treatment.
- treatment, as an operation, performed by a surgeon.
- a room or place for surgical operations.
- British. a doctor's or dentist's office or office hours.
Origin of surgery
1250–1300; Middle English surgerie < Old French cirurgerie chirurgery
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- the branch of medicine concerned with treating disease, injuries, etc, by means of manual or operative procedures, esp by incision into the body
- the performance of such procedures by a surgeon
- British a place where a doctor, dentist, etc, can be consulted
- British an occasion when an MP, lawyer, etc, is available for consultation
- US and Canadian an operating theatre where surgical operations are performed
C14: via Old French from Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirurgia, from kheir hand + ergon work
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Word Origin and History for presurgery
c.1300, from Old French surgerie, contraction of serurgerie, from Late Latin chirurgia (see surgeon).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of injury, deformity, and disease by manual and instrumental means.
- A surgical operation or procedure, especially one involving the removal or replacement of a diseased organ or tissue.
- An operating room or a laboratory of a surgeon or of a hospital's surgical staff.
- The skill or work of a surgeon.
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