• WordNet 3.6
    • n surgery a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available","he died while undergoing surgery"
    • n surgery a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations "great care is taken to keep the operating rooms aseptic"
    • n surgery a room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted "he read the warning in the doctor's surgery"
    • n surgery the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Teenage cosmetic surgeries nearly doubled in the USA between 1996 and 1998
    • Surgery A surgeon's operating room or laboratory.
    • Surgery The art of healing by manual operation; that branch of medical science which treats of manual operations for the healing of diseases or injuries of the body; that branch of medical science which has for its object the cure of local injuries or diseases, as wounds or fractures, tumors, etc., whether by manual operation or by medicines and constitutional treatment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have actually performed brain surgery on cockroaches
    • n surgery The work of a surgeon; surgical care; therapy of a distinctly operative kind, such as cutting-operations, the reduction and putting up of fractures and dislocations, and similar manual forms of treatment. It is not, however, ordinarily used to denote the administration of baths, electricity, enemata, or massage.
    • n surgery Pl. surgeries (-iz). A place where surgical operations are performed, or where medicines are prepared; in Great Britain, the consulting-office and dispensary of a general practitioner.
    • n surgery See the adjectives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893
    • Surgery act and art of treating lesions or malformations of the human body by manual operations, mediate and immediate: a place for surgical operations
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  • Martin H. Fisher
    Martin H. Fisher
    “The practice of medicine is a thinker's art, the practice of surgery a plumber s.”
  • Michael Crichton
    Michael Crichton
    “I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood. [On why he gave up medicine]”


Brain surgery - If something is not brain surgery, it isn't very complicated or difficult to understand or master.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. surgenrie, surgerie,; cf. OF. cirurgie, F. chirurgie, L. chirurgia, Gr. . See Surgeon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A doublet of chirurgeon (q.v.).


In literature:

They gave him every assistance that medicine and surgery could afford.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
When you come down to the root of the matter, surgery is merely the job of a skilled mechanic.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
Do not accuse my surgery, however.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
To enumerate all the cures effected by prayer would be as bootless as to rehearse all the miracles of therapeutics and surgery.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Your Hotel and skillful surgery merit every recommendation.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Where did you study surgery?
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
Therefore, God permitted the surgery of war.
"The Battle of Principles" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Besides, how was he to judge what was normal in extreme cases of surgery?
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
Frauelein needs your doctoring as much as my surgery.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
But, of course, there are a great many of the seriously wounded that no amount of aseptic and skilled surgery or nursing can save.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous

In poetry:

I pray it will know truth,
if truth catches in its cup
and yet I pray, as a child would,
that the surgery take.
"The Break Away" by Anne Sexton
She bicycled down to the doctor,
And rang the surgery bell;
'O, doctor, I've a pain inside me,
And I don't feel very well.'
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
All their poor surgery could do
They did to stop their wounds so deep,
Until at last the Grey and Blue
Like comrades fell asleep.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Four-time arenacross champ describes horrific injury, further surgeries, recovery.
He told George that surgery was very risky and that the wounds did not heal properly in roughly 30 percent of below-the-knee amputations .
A medical malpractice lawsuit is playing out in a Miami courtroom after a man had elective surgery to help keep the spark alive in his marriage, but then said things went very wrong.
Franklin to have shoulder surgery.
Chin augmentation surgery helps define a weak jawline.
Dustin Reid, MD, FACS and Ashley Gordon, MD, FACS, specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body.
"There was no surgery done but six months after that," Sean said with a smile.
Dick Clark Underwent Prostate Surgery Day Before He Died.
Safety Demps to miss games after surgery.
Tori Spelling gave birth to her fourth child via C-section nearly three weeks ago, and has learned she had emergency surgery over the weekend because of the childbirth.
This new surgery could also relieve back pain without many of the side effects caused by the current artificial disc replacement surgery.
After a landslide of plastic surgery TV disasters this decade, I thought extreme surgery shows might be on the outs.
SURGERY Bariatric surgery can be highly successful in adolescents .
Register underwent heart surgery in February and was making progress, but passed away early Wednesday morning due to complications from that surgery.
NEW CHAPEL HILL — A Chapel Hill freshman continued to recover from brain surgery Tuesday following emergency surgery after he collapsed on the football field during practice a day before.

In science:

Note that surgery on all the lifts of γ produces an F -covering of S 3 − L and so L is canonically a F -link.
Analytic invariants of boundary links
Remark 5.19 1. A modular category satisfying ∆+ (C ) = ∆− (C ) gives rise to an anomalyfree surgery TQFT, cf. .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
As a result the surgery spectrum constructions now known cannot satisfy the isomorphism theorem.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Perelman, Ricci flow with surgery on three-manifolds, math.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
The notion of gluing which we have explored here, which is topologically the connected sum or ‘handle addition’ (for wormholes) operation, is the simplest sort of surgery one can perform on manifolds.
Gluing Initial Data Sets for General Relativity