[sur-ji-kuh l]
  1. pertaining to or involving surgery or surgeons.
  2. used in surgery.
  3. characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness: a surgical air strike against enemy targets.

Origin of surgical

First recorded in 1760–70; surg(eon) + -ical
Related formssur·gi·cal·ly, adverbnon·sur·gi·cal, adjectivenon·sur·gi·cal·ly, adverbpost·sur·gi·cal, adjectivepre·sur·gi·cal, adjectivepro·sur·gi·cal, adjectiveun·sur·gi·cal, adjectiveun·sur·gi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for surgically


  1. of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
  2. (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 surgically



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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surgically in Medicine


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