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[sur-ji-kuh l] /ˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/
pertaining to or involving surgery or surgeons.
used in surgery.
characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness:
a surgical air strike against enemy targets.
Origin of surgical
1760-70; surg(eon) + -ical
Related forms
surgically, adverb
nonsurgical, adjective
nonsurgically, adverb
postsurgical, adjective
presurgical, adjective
prosurgical, adjective
unsurgical, adjective
unsurgically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for surgical
  • Applications include surgical implants, electrical contacts and the tips of fountain pens.
  • Often follows a fall with fracture that needs surgical repair.
  • The films should be purchased in rolls of six exposures, each roll in a tin, the cover sealed with surgical tape.
  • The other two arms wielded the surgical instruments.
  • But she was known for providing veterinary and surgical care at the other sanctuaries.
  • These are tough calls involving competing concerns, and they require a surgical approach.
  • But those remedies now include more than six thousand drugs and four thousand medical and surgical procedures.
  • Ling is interested in surgical techniques that involve implanting electrodes or computer chips underneath the skin.
  • And, as with any surgical procedure, it is not risk free.
  • surgical instruments can be heat-sterilised or treated with ultraviolet light, but that is not appropriate for everything.
British Dictionary definitions for surgical


of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
(of an action) performed with extreme precision: a surgical air attack on the missile complex
Derived Forms
surgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for surgical

1770, alteration of chirurgical; see surgery + -ical. Related: Surgically.

surgical strike: There is no such thing. Don't use unless in a quote, then question what that means. [Isaac Cubillos, "Military Reporters Stylebook and Reference Guide," 2010]

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surgical in Medicine

surgical sur·gi·cal (sûr'jĭ-kəl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of surgeons or surgery.

  2. Used in surgery.

  3. Resulting from or occurring after surgery.

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