Definition of surgical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəːdʒɪk(ə)l/


1Relating to or used in surgery: a surgical dressing a surgical ward
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  • The operation is a surgical procedure performed using general anaesthetic and, like all surgery, carries a degree of risk.
  • We performed every kind of surgery in the surgical unit, including cesarean sections.
  • The title of the appointment was rather meaningless as he soon had his own surgical wards, where his skills in intestinal surgery and liver resection were legendary.
1.1(Of a special garment or appliance) worn to correct or relieve an injury, illness, or deformity: surgical stockings
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  • In the UK, an appliance means a surgical garment allowing hernia sufferers to walk about unaided.
  • A surgical bra must be worn post-op for two weeks or more, though you can usually return to work in seven to 14 days.
2Done with great precision, especially with reference to a swift and highly accurate military attack from the air: surgical bombing
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  • Despite all the talk of precision bombing and surgical strikes, ‘collateral damage’ is reaching an embarrassing level.
  • We should always be skeptical when so-called experts suggest that all a particular crisis calls for is a little surgical bombing or a limited attack.
  • All military services connected through IT resources will have more precise and surgical capabilities.


Late 18th century (earlier as chirurgical): from French cirurgical, from Old French sirurgie (see surgery).

Words that rhyme with surgical

dramaturgical, liturgical, metallurgical

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