Surgery is a branch of medicine that solves health problems by operating on the body, or the process of having an operation, or is a location where such an operation is performed.(noun)
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noun pl. surgeries
Origin: ME < OFr cirurgie, contr. of cirurgerie < L chirurgia < Gr cheirourgia, a working with the hands, handicraft, skill < cheir (gen. cheiros), the hand + ergein, to work
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noun pl. sur·ger·ies
Origin: Middle English surgerie
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , short for cirurgerie
Origin: , from cirurgie
Origin: , from Latin chīrūrgia
Origin: , from Greek kheirourgiā
Origin: , from kheirourgos, working by hand
Origin: : kheir, hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
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Medicine. removal of part of the body by surgery.
excision or amputation.
the act of cauterization, or burning away of dead tissue.
a surgical perforation or puncture.
the breaking of a bone into small pieces. See also bones.
a surgical instrument for opening a hole in the skull.
a surgical technique using freezing to destroy tissue.
any form of plastic surgery of the skin, as skin grafts.
surgery of the vagina.
repair or restoration of part of the body by plastic surgery.
the surgical practice of bone-grafting.
a serrated instrument for bone surgery.
1. the dissection or anatomy of bones.
2. the cutting of bones as part of a surgical operation. —osteotomist, n.
the branch of surgery dealing with the replacement of missing limbs or organs with artificial substitutes. — prosthetic, adj.
an obsession with surgery.
the process of suture.
surgical excision of part of the vas deferens, the duct which carries sperm from the testes, performed as a form of male contraception.
the process of surgically grafting tissue from a lower animal onto the human body. —zooplastic, adj.
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