surgical

[ sur-ji-kuh l ]
/ ˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl /
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adjective

pertaining to or involving surgery or surgeons.
used in surgery.
characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness: a surgical air strike against enemy targets.

Origin of surgical

First recorded in 1760–70; surg(eon) + -ical
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British Dictionary definitions for surgical

surgical

/ (ˈsɜːdʒɪkəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
(of an action) performed with extreme precisiona surgical air attack on the missile complex
Derived Formssurgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for surgical

surgical


adj.

1770, alteration of chirurgical; see surgery + -ical. Related: Surgically.

surgical strike: There is no such thing. Don't use unless in a quote, then question what that means. [Isaac Cubillos, "Military Reporters Stylebook and Reference Guide," 2010]
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Medicine definitions for surgical

surgical

[ sûrjĭ-kəl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or characteristic of surgeons or surgery.
Used in surgery.
Resulting from or occurring after surgery.
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