- 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.
- A doctor who learns how to cut people open to remove their tonsils is an example of a doctor specializing in surgery.
- An operation in which a doctor cuts you open and removes your tonsils is an example of a surgery.
- The place where you go to have an operation is an example of a surgery.
- the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by manual or instrumental operations, as the removal of diseased parts or tissue by cutting
- an operation of this kind
- the branch of medicine dealing with this
- the operating room of a surgeon or hospital
- Brit. a doctor's office
Origin of surgeryMiddle English ; from Old French cirurgie, contr. of cirurgerie ; from Classical Latin chirurgia ; from Classical Greek cheirourgia, a working with the hands, handicraft, skill ; from cheir (gen. cheiros), the hand + ergein, to work
- The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of injury, deformity, and disease by the use of instruments.
- a. Treatment based on such medicine, typically involving the removal or replacement of diseased tissue by cutting: The athlete had surgery on his knee.b. A procedure that is part of this treatment; an operation: The doctor performed three surgeries this morning.
- An operating room or a laboratory of a surgeon or of a hospital's surgical staff: How long has the patient been in surgery?
- Chiefly British a. A physician's, dentist's, or veterinarian's office.b. The period during which a physician, dentist, or veterinarian consults with or treats patients in the office.
Origin of surgeryMiddle English surgerie, from Old French, alteration of cirurgerie, from cirurgie, from Latin chīrūrgia, from Greek kheirourgiā, from kheirourgos, working by hand : kheir, hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots + ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
See also medical specialties.ablation Medicine. removal of part of the body by surgery. apocope excision or amputation. cauterism Obsolete, cautery. cautery the act of cauterization, or burning away of dead tissue. centesis a surgical perforation or puncture. chirurgery Archaic. surgery. comminution the breaking of a bone into small pieces. See also bones. craniotome a surgical instrument for opening a hole in the skull. cryosurgery a surgical technique using freezing to destroy tissue. dermatoplasty any form of plastic surgery of the skin, as skin grafts. elytroplasty surgery of the vagina. neoplasty repair or restoration of part of the body by plastic surgery. osteoplasty the surgical practice of bone-grafting. osteotome a serrated instrument for bone surgery. osteotomy 1. the dissection or anatomy of bones. 2. the cutting of bones as part of a surgical operation. —osteotomist, n. prosthetics the branch of surgery dealing with the replacement of missing limbs or organs with artificial substitutes. — prosthetic, adj. tomomania an obsession with surgery. traumatonesis the process of suture. vasectomy surgical excision of part of the vas deferens, the duct which carries sperm from the testes, performed as a form of male contraception. zooplasty the process of surgically grafting tissue from a lower animal onto the human body. —zooplastic, adj.
- (medicine) 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.
- (medicine) The medical specialty related to the performance of surgical procedures.
- A room or department where surgery is performed.
- I'd discuss this further with you, but I’m wanted in surgery.
- (UK) A doctor's consulting room.
- I dropped in on the surgery as I was passing to show the doctor my hemorrhoids.
- (UK) 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.
- (finance, bankruptcy, slang) A pre-packaged bankruptcy or "quick bankruptcy".
- (topology) The production of a manifold by removing parts of one manifold and replacing them with corresponding parts of others.