- 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.
Origin of surgeon general
First recorded in 1770–80
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- (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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- 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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