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[sur-juh n] /ˈsɜr dʒən/
a physician who specializes in surgery.
Origin of surgeon
1250-1300; Middle English surgien < Anglo-French, alteration of Old French cirurgien chirurgeon Unabridged
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  • I never have had a surgeon on board my ship, and never intend to have one.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • He adds that the surgeon described death as due to apoplexy.

  • It was during this time that the surgeon made his remarkable statement.

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • There chanced to be a surgeon in the cars, who, happily, was uninjured.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • One was a celebrated physician and surgeon, suffering from overwork, Dr. Philip Hawkes.

    Across India Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for surgeon


a medical practioner who specializes in surgery
a medical officer in the Royal Navy
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman surgien, from Old French cirurgien; see surgery
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Word Origin and History for surgeon

c.1300, from Anglo-French surgien (13c.), from Old French serurgien, cirurgien, from cirurgie "surgery," from Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirourgia, from kheirourgos "working or done by hand," from kheir "hand" (see chiro-) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)).

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surgeon in Medicine

surgeon sur·geon (sûr'jən)
A physician who specializes in surgery.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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