[ sur-juh-ree ]
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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.

  1. treatment, as an operation, performed by a surgeon.

  2. a room or place for surgical operations.

  3. British. a doctor's or dentist's office or office hours.

Origin of surgery

1250–1300; Middle English surgerie<Old French cirurgeriechirurgery

Other words from surgery

  • pre·sur·ger·y, adjective

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How to use surgery in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for surgery


/ (ˈsɜːdʒərɪ) /

nounplural -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

  1. British a place where a doctor, dentist, etc, can be consulted

  2. British an occasion when an MP, lawyer, etc, is available for consultation

  3. US and Canadian an operating theatre where surgical operations are performed

Origin of surgery

C14: via Old French from Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirurgia, from kheir hand + ergon work

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