Definition of surgery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsərj(ə)rē/

noun (plural surgeries)

1The treatment of injuries or disorders of the body by incision or manipulation, especially with instruments: cardiac surgery he had surgery on his ankle
More example sentences
  • Mngani said the current internship covers three or four domains such as internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Possible adverse events were detected by two nurses in medicine and surgery and two midwives in obstetrics.
  • Lasers are used in a variety of situations in medicine and surgery.
2British A place where a doctor, dentist, or other medical practitioner treats or advises patients.
Example sentences
  • Literature will be available from libraries, GP surgeries, hospitals and dentists.
  • I believe that is an underestimate judging how filthy some hospitals and doctor's surgeries are.
  • Medical wastes result from treatment of patients in hospitals, clinics, and surgeries.
2.1 [in singular] An occasion on which medical treatment or consultation occurs: Doctor Bailey had finished his evening surgery
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  • It is hoping to open on Saturday mornings as well as holding a late surgery one weekday evening.
  • Three Salford GPs will carry out the surgery in sessions held two or three times a week.


Middle English: from Old French surgerie, contraction of serurgerie, from serurgien (see surgeon).

Words that rhyme with surgery


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Syllabification: sur·ger·y

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