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[sur-ji-kuh l] /ˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/
pertaining to or involving surgery or surgeons.
used in surgery.
characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness:
a surgical air strike against enemy targets.
Origin of surgical
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 Unabridged
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  • She had been surgically remodeled so many times that she dated everything from her last operation.

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  • The injured eyeballs had been surgically removed, and artificial ones mounted in their stead.

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  • Before the operation is begun, the ear must be surgically cleansed and carefully dried.

  • As he remembered glaucoma, it ought to be surgically treated within two months, at most.

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  • Their situation has been surgically and medically recorded in the surgeon-general's official reports.

British Dictionary definitions for surgically


of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
(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 surgically



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]

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surgically in Medicine

surgical sur·gi·cal (sûr'jĭ-kəl)

  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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