from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A physician specializing in surgery.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who practises surgery; one who performs manual operations on a patient; a chirurgeon.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A medical officer in the army, or in a military hospital.
  • noun A surgeon-fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.
  • noun one who unites the practice of surgery with that of the apothecary.
  • noun a dental surgeon; a dentist.
  • noun See def. 2, above.
  • noun In the British army, a surgeon ranking next below the chief of the medical department.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a physician who specializes in surgery


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

[Middle English surgien, from Anglo-Norman, short for Old French cirurgien, from cirurgie, surgery; see surgery.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman surgien, sirogen (Old French surgien et al.), from a Vulgar Latin derivative of Latin chīrūrgia ("surgery").


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