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surgeon general

noun, plural surgeons general.
the chief of medical services in one of the armed forces.
(initial capital letters) the head of the U.S. Bureau of Public Health or, in some states, of a state health agency.
Origin of surgeon general
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
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  • surgeon general Hamilton expressed the opinion that the danger was not so great as might be supposed.

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  • It was stated in this message that plans for these ambulance trains would be furnished by the surgeon general of the Army.

  • Having been promoted through the various grades, he now holds the position of surgeon general of the Navy.

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  • I desire to institute certain inquiries ordered by the surgeon general.

British Dictionary definitions for surgeon general

surgeon general

noun (pl) surgeons general
(in the British, US, and certain other armies and navies) the senior officer of the medical service
the head of the public health service in the US
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surgeon general in Medicine

Surgeon General n. pl. Surgeons General

  1. The chief general officer in the medical departments of the U.S. Army, Navy, or Air Force.

  2. The chief medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service or in a state public health service.

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