Definitions

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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of surgeons or surgery.
  • adjective Used in surgery.
  • adjective Resulting from or occurring after surgery.
  • adjective Extremely accurate; precise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to surgeons or surgery; done by means of surgery: as, surgical instruments; a surgical operation.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to surgeons or surgery; done by means of surgery; used in surgery.
  • adjective (Med.) Traumatic fever, or the fever accompanying inflammation.

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

  • adjective of, relating to, used in, or resulting from surgery
  • adjective precise or very accurate

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

  • adjective relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
  • adjective of or relating to or involving or used in surgery
  • adjective performed with great precision

Etymologies

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

[From surgeon.]

Examples

  • "To bomb Ukraine -- conduct what they call a surgical strike against a military base -- absolutely outrageous in view of the Ukrainians 'gesture of friendship."

    Nuke Zone

  • Democrats in the California Legislature have advocated similar steps, preferring what they call a surgical approach to the state's budget problems rather than the wholesale elimination of programs proposed by the Republican governor.

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • Democrats in the California Legislature have advocated similar steps, preferring what they call a surgical approach to the state's budget problems rather than the wholesale elimination of programs proposed by the Republican governor.

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  • Democrats in the California Legislature have advocated similar steps, preferring what they call a surgical approach to the state's budget problems rather than the wholesale elimination of programs proposed by the Republican governor.

    The Union - All Categories

  • Improved plastic surgery and advances in surgical techniques, such as a skin-sparing mastectomy and simultaneous breast reconstruction, might be part of the reason more woman are choosing to have a mastectomy.

    Breast cancer treatments: Know your options

  • Pam Udy of the International Cesarean Awareness Network blames the continuing increase in surgical deliveries in part on the decline in vaginal births after C-sections.

    2007 stork brings record 4.31M babies

  • Pam Udy of the International Cesarean Awareness Network blames the continuing increase in surgical deliveries in part on the decline in vaginal births after C-sections.

    Unmarried women boost record '07 U.S. birth rate

  • "She takes his head, and the corpses of the dead cops, back to her secret, high-tech, underground lab where, using the latest advances in surgical engineering, cybernetic organs, and computer imaging, she makes medical history."

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  • This baby should be referred to the surgical clinic where the bone can be set and casted, but first he needs something for his pain.

    Between Expectations

  • This baby should be referred to the surgical clinic where the bone can be set and casted, but first he needs something for his pain.

    Between Expectations

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