[ mahy-kroh-sur-juh-ree, mahy-kroh-sur- ]

  1. any of various surgical procedures performed under magnification and with small specialized instruments, permitting very delicate operations, as the reconnection of severed blood vessels and nerves.

Origin of microsurgery

First recorded in 1925–30; micro- + surgery

Other words from microsurgery

  • mi·cro·sur·gi·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for microsurgery


/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈsɜːdʒərɪ) /

  1. intricate surgery performed on cells, tissues, etc, using a specially designed operating microscope and miniature precision instruments

Derived forms of microsurgery

  • microsurgical, adjective

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Scientific definitions for microsurgery


[ mī′krō-sûrjə-rē ]

  1. Surgery on tiny body structures or cells that is performed with the aid of a microscope and other specialized instruments, such as a laser.

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