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1Relating to or used in surgery.‘a surgical dressing’‘a surgical ward’
- ‘These include cuts in waiting times for cataract operations, an improved critical care unit, better surgical wards and improvements to the day surgery and treatment unit.’
- ‘To minimize the surgeons' potential effect on functional outcomes, they all agreed to use the same surgical technique.’
- ‘Still, new surgical techniques and better drugs to prevent islet cell rejection are showing promise.’
- ‘Patients should be cautioned that surgical treatment may not resolve pain.’
- ‘Early surgical excision is the treatment of choice.’
- ‘The mass was large enough to cause a second obstruction at the same site and necessitated a second surgical operation.’
- ‘The title of the appointment was rather meaningless as he soon had his own surgical wards, where his skills in intestinal surgery and liver resection were legendary.’
- ‘There are no randomized prospective studies available comparing expectant management to early surgical intervention.’
- ‘In 1999, our staff of volunteers included five RNs, one surgical technologist, and one sales representative.’
- ‘Early consultation is essential, and prompt surgical intervention may be required.’
- ‘The work group consisted of one RN and one surgical technologist from each specialty area.’
- ‘By the age of six months, the cartilage is too hard to be remoulded and a surgical operation is required.’
- ‘We performed every kind of surgery in the surgical unit, including cesarean sections.’
- ‘A doctor could determine tumor type, provide an immediate diagnosis and administer treatment such as surgical resection or irradiation.’
- ‘Operations are sometimes referred to as surgery, or surgical procedures.’
- ‘This is the most common method and does not involve a surgical operation.’
- ‘The operation is a surgical procedure performed using general anaesthetic and, like all surgery, carries a degree of risk.’
- ‘The bill does not require the outcomes of the operations of approved surgical facilities to be reported.’
- ‘A new surgical procedure involving electrical stimulation may help restore the use of hands and arms to some stroke victims.’
- ‘He travelled to another country, where a second surgical resection of his liver metastasis was successful.’
- 1.1(of a special garment or appliance) worn to correct or relieve an injury, illness, or deformity.‘surgical stockings’
- ‘A surgical bra must be worn post-op for two weeks or more, though you can usually return to work in seven to 14 days.’
- ‘In the UK, an appliance means a surgical garment allowing hernia sufferers to walk about unaided.’
2Done with great precision, especially with reference to a swift and highly accurate military attack from the air.‘surgical bombing’
- ‘We should always be skeptical when so-called experts suggest that all a particular crisis calls for is a little surgical bombing or a limited attack.’
- ‘Despite all the talk of precision bombing and surgical strikes, ‘collateral damage’ is reaching an embarrassing level.’
- ‘It is very unlikely that the swift, surgical war of which we are capable will come anywhere near this destruction by peace.’
- ‘She has taught them to be good readers, and they employ their skills to criticize her with surgical precision.’
- ‘All military services connected through IT resources will have more precise and surgical capabilities.’
Late 18th century (earlier as chirurgical): from French cirurgical, from Old French sirurgie (see surgery).
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