What does surgery mean?

Definitions for surgery
ˈsɜr dʒə risur·ge·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word surgery.

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.

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. Sarah Jernigan:

    When I walked out of surgery and talked to his mom, I was able to tell his mom and dad that he was alive, but I wasn't sure what kind of recovery he would make.

  2. Shannen Doherty:

    Back in March of this year, I was diagnosed with a rare, very aggressive form of ovarian cancer, if you read the statistics, it is very bleak. Good thing I don’t believe in statistics! I had surgery and now I am having chemo treatments. I have since grown more tumors and it is going to be more of a battle than I anticipated, but I have a huge faith in the healing power of God and the healing power within me that originates from my God. I look towards a future when I am completely healed and cancer free. I ask for prayers of strength and courage as this journey continues.

  3. Brandon Nelson:

    I was in the trauma room for maybe 20 minutes when a 28-year-old man was wheeled in with a head injury, he had also been riding a Bird scooter and had a brain bleed, so they were taking him up to emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his head.

  4. Terry DuBrow:

    I think if you can see the plastic surgery, it is too much, or it’s improperly done or they had a complication, meaning plastic surgery should just look refreshed. It should look natural. You shouldn't be able to tell anyone has had any work done unless you know them for a long time and suddenly they look so much better.

  5. Melanie Nezer:

    I could watch brain surgery for a day or two; that doesn't make me a brain surgeon, you cannot get an appreciation for the scale of this crisis and the global implications of it by spending a day or two talking to a few refugees in one location.

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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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