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Definition of "surgery" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "surgery" in a sentence
  • "Someone who assures you that brain surgery is simple?"
  • "When brain surgery is considered, accurate determination of whether surgery may be effective is crucial to patient counseling."
  • "Immediate brain surgery is Caitlin's only treatment option, but her insurance company, Aetna, took its sweet time approving her operation, and then reversed itself claiming her benefits had expired."