surgeon general

surgeon general

noun, plural surgeons general.
1.
the chief of medical services in one of the armed forces.
2.
(initial capital letters) the head of the U.S. Bureau of Public Health or, in some states, of a state health agency.

Origin:
1770–80

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surgeon general
 
n , pl surgeons general
1.  (in the British, US, and certain other armies and navies) the senior officer of the medical service
2.  the head of the public health service in the US

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Surgeon General n. pl. Surgeons General

  1. The chief general officer in the medical departments of the U.S. Army, Navy, or Air force.

  2. The chief medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service or in a state public health service.

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