One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun The treatment of injuries or disorders of the body by incision or manipulation, especially with instruments.‘cardiac surgery’‘he had surgery on his ankle’
therapy, medical attention, medical care, care, ministrations, nursingView synonyms
- ‘He became involved in all branches of surgery in South Manchester and Christie Hospitals.’
- ‘Lasers are used in a variety of situations in medicine and surgery.’
- ‘As expected, surgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics were the medical specialties of the physicians named in these suits.’
- ‘Mngani said the current internship covers three or four domains such as internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology.’
- ‘Possible adverse events were detected by two nurses in medicine and surgery and two midwives in obstetrics.’
2British A place where a doctor, dentist, or other medical practitioner treats or advises patients.
medical centre, health centre, outpatients' department, doctor's, polyclinicView synonyms
- ‘Plans for new health centres to replace outdated doctors' surgeries have been unveiled.’
- ‘I believe that is an underestimate judging how filthy some hospitals and doctor's surgeries are.’
- ‘Now it seems people coming to town can't sign up with a doctor because all the surgeries are full to bursting.’
- ‘It will officially close on Saturday and its services are expected to be taken on by local doctors' surgeries.’
- ‘The men had taken shelter in the foyer area on the third floor next to a dentist's surgery.’
- ‘However, at the actual vet's surgery he was very quiet and settled down nicely.’
- ‘As a sufferer of bronchitis I had occasion to visit a doctor's surgery.’
- ‘Literature will be available from libraries, GP surgeries, hospitals and dentists.’
- ‘It will raise money to help pay for hospital costs and put leaflets about the disease in doctor's surgeries.’
- ‘Patients were last night due to discuss plans to set up three separate doctors' surgeries in Westbury.’
- ‘Portable scanners are available in some GP surgeries and can be used to check the bone mass density of the heel bone.’
- ‘By the end of the year two doctors' surgeries in the borough will be set aside to deal with aggressive patients.’
- ‘Currently there are only three surgeries left in the city taking on NHS patients.’
- ‘The team also regularly visit GP surgeries and hospitals to promote their services.’
- ‘More than a third of doctors' surgeries in Swindon are not taking on new patients.’
- ‘Medical wastes result from treatment of patients in hospitals, clinics, and surgeries.’
- ‘I rang up five local medical surgeries and they were all booked out for the day.’
- ‘Boxes full of flu jabs were stockpiled for the event and all of the doctors and nurses at the two surgeries were taking part.’
- ‘How could two surgeries in the same town offer such a different service?’
- ‘After her first miscarriage Sue had to quit her job in a dentists' surgery.’
- 2.1in singular A period of time during which patients may visit a doctor, dentist, or other medical practitioner for treatment or advice.‘Doctor Bailey had finished his evening surgery’
- ‘Three Salford GPs will carry out the surgery in sessions held two or three times a week.’
- ‘It is hoping to open on Saturday mornings as well as holding a late surgery one weekday evening.’
- 2.2 An occasion on which an MP, lawyer, or other professional person gives advice.
- ‘It houses a resource library where residents can access computers and welfare information and hosts a weekly surgery where the public can meet street wardens and local councillors.’
- ‘The first was held at the weekly coffee morning in the Methodist Church and he followed that with an evening surgery on Monday night.’
- ‘Now the Environment Agency is to stage a flood surgery in Northallerton as part of its national Flood Awareness Campaign.’
- ‘Woodhatch residents no longer need to travel to Redhill for advice as an outreach surgery will be operating soon on their doorstep.’
Middle English: from Old French surgerie, contraction of serurgerie, from serurgien (see surgeon).
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