Share this entry

Share this page

surgeon

Line breaks: sur|geon
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːdʒ(ə)n
 
/

Definition of surgeon in English:

noun

1A medical practitioner qualified to practise surgery.
Example sentences
  • Early group portraits show noble surgeons parading their medical knowledge with elitist pomp.
  • Many surgeons working in private practice and in cosmetic clinics would not meet these criteria.
  • Patients with jaundice are still most often referred to surgeons, though in practice few require surgery.
1.1A doctor in the navy.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French surgien, contraction of Old French serurgien, based on Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirourgia 'handiwork, surgery', from kheir 'hand' + ergon 'work'.

Definition of surgeon in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful