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[mahy-kroh-sur-juh-ree, mahy-kroh-sur-] /ˈmaɪ kroʊˌsɜr dʒə ri, ˌmaɪ kroʊˈsɜr-/
any of various surgical procedures performed under magnification and with small specialized instruments, permitting very delicate operations, as the reconnection of severed blood vessels and nerves.
Origin of microsurgery
1925-30; micro- + surgery
Related forms
microsurgical, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for microsurgery


intricate surgery performed on cells, tissues, etc, using a specially designed operating microscope and miniature precision instruments
Derived Forms
microsurgical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for microsurgery

1927, from micro- + surgery.

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microsurgery in Medicine

microsurgery mi·cro·sur·ger·y (mī'krō-sûr'jə-rē)
Surgery on minute body structures or cells performed with the aid of a microscope and other specialized instruments, such as a micromanipulator.

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microsurgery in Science
Surgery on tiny body structures or cells that is performed with the aid of a microscope and other specialized instruments, such as a laser.
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