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.

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Origin of surgeon general

First recorded in 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for surgeon general

surgeon general

noun plural 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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Medical definitions for surgeon general

Surgeon General

n. pl. Surgeons General

The chief general officer in the medical departments of the US Army, Navy, or Air Force.
The chief medical officer in the US Public Health Service or in a state public health service.
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