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surgical

[sur-ji-kuh l] /ˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or involving surgery or surgeons.
2.
used in surgery.
3.
characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness:
a surgical air strike against enemy targets.
Origin of surgical
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; surg(eon) + -ical
Related forms
surgically, adverb
nonsurgical, adjective
nonsurgically, adverb
postsurgical, adjective
presurgical, adjective
prosurgical, adjective
unsurgical, adjective
unsurgically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for surgical
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  • She had been assigned to the men's surgical ward, and went there at once.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Two others had pushed on, one to the house, the other for surgical aid.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • The surgical wards were darkened, and the patients were asleep already.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • In the corridor to the surgical ward they came upon John Storm.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Includes a list of the necessary medical and surgical supplies.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
British Dictionary definitions for surgical

surgical

/ˈsɜːdʒɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
2.
(of an action) performed with extreme precision: a surgical air attack on the missile complex
Derived Forms
surgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for surgical
adj.

1770, alteration of chirurgical; see surgery + -ical. Related: Surgically.

surgical strike: There is no such thing. Don't use unless in a quote, then question what that means. [Isaac Cubillos, "Military Reporters Stylebook and Reference Guide," 2010]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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surgical in Medicine

surgical sur·gi·cal (sûr'jĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of surgeons or surgery.

  2. Used in surgery.

  3. Resulting from or occurring after surgery.

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