What does surgeon mean?

Definitions for surgeon
ˈsɜr dʒənsur·geon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surgeon, operating surgeon, sawbonesnoun

    a physician who specializes in surgery


  1. surgeonnoun

    One who performs surgery; a doctor who performs operations on people or animals.

    The surgeon refused to operate because the patient was her son.

  2. Etymology: From surgien, sirogen (Old French serurgien et al.), from a derivative of chirurgia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Surgeonnoun

    One who cures by manual operation; one whose duty is to act in external maladies by the direction of the physician.

    Etymology: Corrupted by conversation from chirurgeon.

    The wound was past the cure of a better surgeon than myself, so as I could but receive some few of her dying words. Philip Sidney.

    I meddle with no woman’s matters; but withal, I am a surgeon to old shoes. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    He that hath wounded his neighbour, is tied to the expences of the surgeon, and other incidences. Taylor.

    Though most were sorely wounded, none were slain:
    The surgeons soon despoil’d them of their arms,
    And some with salves they cure. Dryden.


  1. Surgeon

    In modern medicine, a surgeon is a medical professional who performs surgery. Although there are different traditions in different times and places, a modern surgeon usually is also a licensed physician or received the same medical training as physicians before specializing in surgery. There are also surgeons in podiatry, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. It is estimated that surgeons perform over 300 million surgical procedures globally each year.


  1. surgeon

    A surgeon is a medical professional who specializes in performing surgical operations to treat injuries, diseases, and deformities. This can involve various procedures, such as cutting, suturing wounds or removing parts of the body affected by disease, and may also include non-invasive procedures. Surgeons can have specific specialties, such as cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, orthopedic, plastic, and more. They are also responsible for examining patients, diagnosing illnesses, providing pre and post-surgical care, and consulting with other healthcare professionals about patient's health condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surgeonnoun

    one whose profession or occupation is to cure diseases or injuries of the body by manual operation; one whose occupation is to cure local injuries or disorders (such as wounds, dislocations, tumors, etc.), whether by manual operation, or by medication and constitutional treatment

  2. Surgeonnoun

    any one of numerous species of chaetodont fishes of the family Teuthidae, or Acanthuridae, which have one or two sharp lancelike spines on each side of the base of the tail. Called also surgeon fish, doctor fish, lancet fish, and sea surgeon

  3. Etymology: [OE. surgien, OF. surgien, contr. fr. chirurgien. See Chirurgeon.]


  1. Surgeon

    In medicine, a surgeon is a specialist in surgery. Surgery is a broad category of invasive medical treatment that involves the cutting of a body, whether that of a human or other animal, for a specific reason such as the removal of diseased tissue or to repair a tear or breakage. Surgeons may be physicians, dentists, podiatrists or veterinarians. In the U.S., surgeons train for longer than other specialists; only after 9 years of training do they qualify. These years include 4 years of medical school and a minimum of 5 years of residency.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surgeon

    sur′jun, n. one who treats injuries or diseases by manual operations.—ns. Sur′geoncy, Sur′geonship, the office or employment of a surgeon in the army or navy; Sur′gery, act and art of treating lesions or malformations of the human body by manual operations, mediate and immediate: a place for surgical operations.—adj. Sur′gical, pertaining to surgeons, or to surgery: done by surgery.—adv. Sur′gically. [A doublet of chirurgeon (q.v.).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. surgeon

    A competent medical officer, appointed to attend the sick and wounded on board a ship of war, for which purpose he has, according to the rate of the ship, from one to two assistants, once called surgeon's mates, but latterly assistant-surgeons (which see).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. surgeon

    A staff-officer of the medical department. He has the rank of major, but “shall not in virtue of such rank be entitled to command in the line or other staff departments of the army.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Surgeon is ranked #33410 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Surgeon surname appeared 683 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Surgeon.

    55.6% or 380 total occurrences were White.
    39.6% or 271 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surgeon' in Nouns Frequency: #2118

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surgeon in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surgeon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of surgeon in a Sentence

  1. Gerhard Kocher:

    Never ask a surgeon whether you need an operation.

  2. Nicholas Chamfort:

    An economist is a surgeon with an excellent scalpel and a rough-edged lancet, who operates beautifully on the dead and tortures the living.

  3. Daniel Barocas:

    If you skip ahead and go straight to a high-volume surgeon or a high-volume radiation therapist, you may not get the full benefit of counseling regarding whether to treat or what treatment is best, for a patient who has decided on a prostatectomy, however, both the center and the surgeon are important.

  4. Ernest Leroy Boyer:

    A poor surgeon hurts 1 person at a time. A poor teacher hurts 130.

  5. Mark Mofid:

    They’re doing all of them simultaneously in three or four different rooms, and it’s being staffed by one surgeon, the surgeon isn’t doing the actual case. It’s assistants.

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