What does Surgery mean?

Definitions for Surgery
ˈsɜr dʒə risur·ge·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surgerynoun

    the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures

    "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"

  2. surgerynoun

    a room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted

    "he read the warning in the doctor's surgery"

  3. operating room, OR, operating theater, operating theatre, surgerynoun

    a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations

    "great care is taken to keep the operating rooms aseptic"

  4. operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical processnoun

    a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body

    "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"


  1. surgerynoun

    A procedure involving major incisions to remove, repair, or replace a part of a body.

    Many times surgery is necessary to prevent cancer from spreading.

  2. surgerynoun

    The medical specialty related to the performance of surgical procedures.

  3. surgerynoun

    A room or department where surgery is performed.

    I would discuss hospital policy to you more, but I'm wanted in surgery.

  4. surgerynoun

    A doctor's consulting room.

    I dropped in on the surgery as I was passing to pick up my prescription.

  5. surgerynoun

    Any arrangement where people arrive and wait for an interview with certain people, similar to a doctor's surgery.

    Our MP will be holding a surgery in the village hall on Tuesday.

  6. surgerynoun

    A pre-packaged bankruptcy or "quick bankruptcy".

  7. surgerynoun

    The production of a manifold by removing parts of one manifold and replacing them with corresponding parts of others.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Surgeonry, Surgerynoun

    for chirurgery. The act of curing by manual operation.

    It would seem very evil surgery to cut off every unsound part of the body, which, being by other due means recovered, might afterwards do good service. Edmund Spenser.

    But strangely visited people,
    The mere despair of surgery, he cures. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They are often tarr’d over with the surgery of our sheep, and would you have us kiss tar? William Shakespeare.


  1. surgery

    Surgery is a medical procedure that involves the physical manipulation or alteration of tissues, organs, or body structures, generally performed by a surgeon, often with the assistance of other specialized medical professionals. It can be performed for various reasons, such as to diagnose or treat illnesses or injuries, remove abnormalities, repair or replace damaged parts, or improve function or appearance. Surgery may involve cutting, ablation, suturing, or the use of lasers, and can be carried out through traditional open methods or minimally invasive techniques.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surgerynoun

    the art of healing by manual operation; that branch of medical science which treats of manual operations for the healing of diseases or injuries of the body; that branch of medical science which has for its object the cure of local injuries or diseases, as wounds or fractures, tumors, etc., whether by manual operation or by medicines and constitutional treatment

  2. Surgerynoun

    a surgeon's operating room or laboratory

  3. Etymology: [OE. surgenrie, surgerie; cf. OF. cirurgie, F. chirurgie, L. chirurgia, Gr. . See Surgeon.]


  1. Surgery

    Surgery is an ancient medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate and/or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, or to help improve bodily function or appearance. An act of performing surgery may be called a surgical procedure, operation, or simply surgery. In this context, the verb operate means to perform surgery. The adjective surgical means pertaining to surgery; e.g. surgical instruments or surgical nurse. The patient or subject on which the surgery is performed can be a person or an animal. A surgeon is a person who practises surgery. Persons described as surgeons are commonly physicians, but the term is also applied to podiatrists, dentists and veterinarians. A surgery can last from minutes to hours, but is typically not an ongoing or periodic type of treatment. The term surgery can also refer to the place where surgery is performed, or simply the office of a physician, dentist, or veterinarian. Elective surgery generally refers to a surgical procedure that can be scheduled in advance because it does not involve a medical emergency. Plastic, or cosmetic surgeries are common elective procedures.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. surgery

    An adjunct, more or less valuable to the diagnostician.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Surgery' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3672

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Surgery' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3250

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Surgery' in Nouns Frequency: #1449

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Surgery in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Surgery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Surgery in a Sentence

  1. Eduardo Grunvald:

    Did the person opt for surgery because they had some unrealistic expectations or underlying psychological disorders that were not resolved after the surgery ? Or is this a direct effect somehow of bariatric surgery ? We ca n’t answer that for sure.

  2. Rita Rudner:

    I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor's office was full of portraits by Picasso.

  3. Joe Bob Briggs:

    SURE-FIRE SINGLES AD: Famous Writer needs woman to organize his life and spend his money. Loves to turn off Sunday football and go to the Botanical Gardens with that special someone. Will obtain plastic surgery if necessary.

  4. Craig Rogers:

    AngioVac turned a hard surgery into a very straightforward surgery.

  5. Joe DeSimone:

    Surgery is the only way to cure this cancer, yet many patients cannot undergo surgery because the tumor is too advanced and may involve critical blood vessels, the device could be implanted to initially shrink the tumors so that patients who couldn't get surgery would now be able to, and patients undergoing surgery may have better tumor clearance.

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Translations for Surgery

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  • جِرَاحَة, عَمَلِيَّة جِرَاحِيَّةArabic
  • cirurgia, operació, quiròfanCatalan, Valencian
  • lékařský, zákrok, chirurgie, operace, chirurgickýCzech
  • llawdriniaethWelsh
  • kirurgiDanish
  • Praxis, Operation, ChirurgieGerman
  • ιατρείο, χειρουργική, χειρουργείοGreek
  • kirurgio, operacioEsperanto
  • cirugía, operaciónSpanish
  • جراحیPersian
  • vastaanottohuone, leikkaussali, kirurgia, leikkaus, vastaanottoFinnish
  • salle opératoire, opération, chirurgieFrench
  • gnáthamh máinliachta, cur faoi scian, máinliacht, lialann, obráidIrish
  • cirurxía, operaciónGalician
  • operáció, műtét, műtő, sebészet, rendelőHungarian
  • operasiIndonesian
  • kirurgioIdo
  • chirurgia, ambulatorio, sala operatoria, intervento chirurgico, operazione chirurgicaItalian
  • 外科, 手術, 手術室Japanese
  • 수술, 수술실, 외과Korean
  • surgeryLatin
  • pembedahanMalay
  • spreekkamer, chirurgie, operatie, operatiekamer, heelkundeDutch
  • operasjon, kirurgiNorwegian
  • cirurgiaOccitan
  • gabinet lekarski, chirurgia, operacjaPolish
  • sala de operação, sala de cirurgia, cirurgia, operação, consultórioPortuguese
  • chirurgie, interventie chirurgicalaRomanian
  • хирурги́я, [[хирургический, операцио́нная, [[кабине́т]] [[врач, опера́цияRussian
  • kirurgi, operation, operationssalSwedish
  • శస్త్రచికిత్సTelugu
  • ameliyat, ameliyathaneTurkish
  • 手术Chinese

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