Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of surgeons or surgery.
  • adj. Used in surgery.
  • adj. Resulting from or occurring after surgery.
  • adj. Extremely accurate; precise: surgical air strikes against enemy compounds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to surgeons or surgery; done by means of surgery; used in surgery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

From surgeon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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."

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "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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  • Some 87 other civilians and a few French diplomats also died in what was called a "surgical air strike."

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  • A comparison to heavily regulated pharmaceutical medicine might be the somewhat less regulated market in surgical procedures.

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  • This infection, however, might be described in surgical jargon as "beneficent."

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  • In the Spring, with the help of a local mod shop which specialized in surgical steel grafting, he began the painful process of attaching mount points to his upper arms, shoulders, spine and hips.

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