from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A physician specializing in surgery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who performs surgery; a doctor who performs operations on people or animals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose profession or occupation is to cure diseases or injuries of the body by manual operation; one whose occupation is to cure local injuries or disorders (such as wounds, dislocations, tumors, etc.), whether by manual operation, or by medication and constitutional treatment.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of chætodont fishes of the family Teuthidæ, or Acanthuridæ, which have one or two sharp lancelike spines on each side of the base of the tail. Called also surgeon fish, doctor fish, lancet fish, and sea surgeon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises surgery; one who performs manual operations on a patient; a chirurgeon.
  • n. In Great Britain, one who has passed the examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons, but has not the degree of M. D.; a general practitioner.
  • n. A medical officer in the army, or in a military hospital.
  • n. A surgeon-fish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a physician who specializes in surgery


Middle English surgien, from Anglo-Norman, short for Old French cirurgien, from cirurgie, surgery; see surgery.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman surgien, sirogen (Old French surgien et al.), from a Vulgar Latin derivative of Latin chīrūrgia ("surgery"). (Wiktionary)



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