• A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
    A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj surgical performed with great precision "a surgical air strike"
    • adj surgical relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine "a surgical appendix","a surgical procedure","operative dentistry"
    • adj surgical of or relating to or involving or used in surgery "surgical instruments","surgical intervention"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year, surgical tools are left in approximately 1,500 patients in the USA. Fatter patients are more prone to having a surgical tool left inside of them due to the additional amount of space in their bodies
    • a Surgical Of or pertaining to surgeons or surgery; done by means of surgery; used in surgery; as, a surgical operation; surgical instruments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were done in the year 2001
    • surgical Of or pertaining to surgeons or surgery; done by means of surgery: as, surgical instruments; a surgical operation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Johnson & Johnson created the Band-Aid in 1899 because Robert Wood Johnson attended a lecture concerning the prevention of infection in wounds during surgical operations. The company created the zinc oxide adhesive bandage for surgeons, and launched the consumer version, Band-Aids, in 1921.
    • adj Surgical pertaining to surgeons, or to surgery: done by surgery
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  • Peter Seller
    Peter Seller
    “There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A doublet of chirurgeon (q.v.).


In literature:

Now what surgical instrument was needed to get this harmless little joke into any sane person's head?
"Goldsmith" by William Black
The danger is materially lessened by prompt surgical intervention.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
He seated himself on the corner of the table which held the surgical instruments.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Before the war the best surgical instruments were made in Germany.
"Italy at War and the Allies in the West" by E. Alexander Powell
In all my surgical experience I had never met with anything quite so horrible.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
Thus the year 1860 saw the rise and fall of Braidism as a means of surgical anaesthesia.
"Complete Hypnotism: Mesmerism, Mind-Reading and Spiritualism" by A. Alpheus
The Spanish leaders tried, but in vain, to persuade him to submit to surgical treatment.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
In his day he performed all the surgical operations in that part of Massachusetts and the bordering towns of Rhode Island.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
Daniel Feldman performed a surgical operation on Harriet Lynn in the village of Einstein.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
It began with dreary surgical technicalities.
"Ray's Daughter" by Charles King

In poetry:

The surgical mask, the rubber teat
Are singed, give off an evil smell.
You seem to weep more now that heat
Spreads everywhere we look.
It says here none of us is well.
"The Doctor Will Return" by Weldon Kees

In news:

Cooper, based in Irvine, Calif, makes contact lens es and surgical equipment.
This author provides key diagnostic pearls, imaging insights and surgical tips.
On Monday morning I got a quick look at the new surgical unit under construction at Avera Marshall.
America's fallen and it won't get up without enacting five surgical reforms.
Help with pain management and surgical rehab.
She is currently employed at Marietta Memorial Hospital as a surgical circulator.
Well, Krauthammer did his usual blind surgical dissection ("Mitt Romney wins debate by two touchdowns," Times-Standard, Oct 5, Page A4).
Women undergoing mastectomies have several surgical choices to restore a breast.
Normal surgical lasers aren't very precise.
Three top-tier surgeons hone their craft in a surgical centre that could be easily confused with an exclusive hotel.
Surgical management of stress ulcers.
Sensable Customers Showcase Touch-Enabled Surgical, Medical Simulation and Robotics Innovations at MMVR Conference.
Spectrum Releases Surgical Instrument Sharpness Test Standards Kit.
New Practices Reduce Surgical Site Infections After Colorectal Surgery.
Patients still waiting for ER and primary care, despite cuts to some surgical wait times.

In science:

Kerler: Genealogy of non-perturbative quantum-invariants of 3-manifolds: the surgical family.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Trials involving surgery, as an adjunct treatment, show institution preference for different surgical procedures.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
In this case, the clinician is interested in knowing the relation between the different surgical techniques reported in the literature and the findings and results that are usually correlated to them.
Building conceptual spaces for exploring and linking biomedical resources
Farrell, Lectures on surgical methods in rigidity, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1996. [FrQu:90] M.H.
Topology of definable abelian groups in o-minimal structures
The first tool of the proof is to perform surgical changes on the original dynamics that cancels some of the spin-flips from − to +.
Approximate Lifshitz law for the zero-temperature stochastic Ising model in any dimension