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noun, plural sur·ger·ies for 3–5.
  1. the art, practice, or work of treating diseases, injuries, or deformities by manual or operative procedures.
  2. the branch of medicine concerned with such treatment.
  3. treatment, as an operation, performed by a surgeon.
  4. a room or place for surgical operations.
  5. British. a doctor's or dentist's office or office hours.
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Origin of surgery

1250–1300; Middle English surgerie < Old French cirurgerie chirurgery
Related formspre·sur·ger·y, adjective
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  • Even the most jealous of that most jealous of professions, surgery, had to admit that he got results.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • If there be any,” says he, “it is beyond the reach of surgery.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • They gave him every assistance that medicine and surgery could afford.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • There was no doctor near, nor anyone who knew anything of surgery.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • My two years at lectures had not been passed in vain, and surgery had been my hobby.

British Dictionary definitions for surgery


noun plural -geries
  1. the branch of medicine concerned with treating disease, injuries, etc, by means of manual or operative procedures, esp by incision into the body
  2. the performance of such procedures by a surgeon
  3. British a place where a doctor, dentist, etc, can be consulted
  4. British an occasion when an MP, lawyer, etc, is available for consultation
  5. US and Canadian an operating theatre where surgical operations are performed
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirurgia, from kheir hand + ergon work
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Word Origin and History for surgery


c.1300, from Old French surgerie, contraction of serurgerie, from Late Latin chirurgia (see surgeon).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

surgery in Medicine


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of injury, deformity, and disease by manual and instrumental means.
  2. A surgical operation or procedure, especially one involving the removal or replacement of a diseased organ or tissue.
  3. An operating room or a laboratory of a surgeon or of a hospital's surgical staff.
  4. The skill or work of a surgeon.
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