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[sur-juh n] /ˈsɜr dʒən/
a physician who specializes in surgery.
Origin of surgeon
1250-1300; Middle English surgien < Anglo-French, alteration of Old French cirurgien chirurgeon Unabridged
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  • If not, the surgeon must go back in, and the time-consuming process starts again.
  • He carried his beliefs with him into his professional life as a doctor and surgeon.
  • Most important, the briefing must respond to the questions and concerns of the surgeon general.
  • Gottschalk went on to become a renowned general surgeon dedicated to human health.
  • However, eradicating mosquitoes to solve these diseases is akin to having a surgeon use a sledge hammer to remove a brain tumor.
  • When a surgeon transplant a liver, it's mainly liver cells that are transplanted.
  • Your medical exam should be done by a designated civil surgeon.
  • The surgeon fixes his broken hands by delegating the task to another surgeon.
  • At some point, a surgeon has to make that complicated operation the first time.
British Dictionary definitions for surgeon


a medical practioner who specializes in surgery
a medical officer in the Royal Navy
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman surgien, from Old French cirurgien; see surgery
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Word Origin and History for surgeon

c.1300, from Anglo-French surgien (13c.), from Old French serurgien, cirurgien, from cirurgie "surgery," from Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirourgia, from kheirourgos "working or done by hand," from kheir "hand" (see chiro-) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)).

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surgeon in Medicine

surgeon sur·geon (sûr'jən)
A physician who specializes in surgery.

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