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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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  • The surgeon was in constant attendance, but the malady baffled all his skill.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Dr. Wilson, the surgeon, is going to take me through the hospital this afternoon.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Dr. Wilson, the surgeon, has been shot," came slowly and distinctly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The next day, towards evening, the surgeon and Dr. X—— arrived.

  • Lady Delacour was senseless, supported in the surgeon's arms.

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.

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