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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 of surgical
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
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  • I was a little surprised at the matter-of-fact way in which the men all accepted women doctors, and surgical operations by women.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Translation abridged from Cooper's surgical Dictionary, p. 106.

  • You visit the operating room with its fullest set of surgical appliances.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • I was afraid I should have to take to my surgical instruments.

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • I used it at first for experimenting upon the amputation of limbs and other surgical operations.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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