[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. surgeon general,
  2. surgeon's knot,
  3. surgeoncy,
  4. surgeonfish,
  5. surgery,
  6. surgical abdomen,
  7. surgical anatomy,
  8. surgical anesthesia,
  9. surgical boot,
  10. surgical diathermy

Origin of surgical

First recorded in 1760–70; surg(eon) + -ical

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British Dictionary definitions for nonsurgical


/ (nɒnˈsɜːdʒɪkəl) /


not of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery


/ (ˈsɜːdʒɪkəl) /


of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
(of an action) performed with extreme precisiona surgical air attack on the missile complex
Derived Formssurgically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for nonsurgical



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

Medicine definitions for nonsurgical


[ sûrjĭ-kəl ]


Of, relating to, or characteristic of surgeons or surgery.
Used in surgery.
Resulting from or occurring after surgery.

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