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surgical

[sur-ji-kuh l] /ˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or involving surgery or surgeons.
2.
used in surgery.
3.
characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness:
a surgical air strike against enemy targets.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; surg(eon) + -ical
Related forms
surgically, adverb
nonsurgical, adjective
nonsurgically, adverb
postsurgical, adjective
presurgical, adjective
prosurgical, adjective
unsurgical, adjective
unsurgically, adverb
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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

surgical

/ˈsɜːdʒɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
2.
(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
adj.

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)
adj.

  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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