[ sur-juh-ree ]
/ ˈsɜr dʒə ri /

noun, plural sur·ger·ies for 3–5.

the art, practice, or work of treating diseases, injuries, or deformities by manual or operative procedures.
the branch of medicine concerned with such treatment.
treatment, as an operation, performed by a surgeon.
a room or place for surgical operations.
British. a doctor's or dentist's office or office hours.

Origin of surgery

1250–1300; Middle English surgerie < Old French cirurgerie chirurgery
Related formspre·sur·ger·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surgery


/ (ˈsɜːdʒərɪ) /

noun plural -geries

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

Word Origin for surgery

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for surgery


[ sûrjə-rē ]


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