Definition of surgeon in US English:



  • A medical practitioner qualified to practice surgery.

    • ‘In the emotional version the father is a surgeon operating on a severely injured accident victim.’
    • ‘We have to help them become brain surgeons.’
    • ‘Early group portraits show noble surgeons parading their medical knowledge with elitist pomp.’
    • ‘The paediatric cardiac surgeons now have data that are robust and rigorous.’
    • ‘A heart surgeon performed a different form of surgery when he faced a class of schoolchildren.’
    • ‘Many surgeons working in private practice and in cosmetic clinics would not meet these criteria.’
    • ‘I was once telephoned by a heart transplant surgeon about whom I had written.’
    • ‘I could have dreamt of becoming the best surgeon in the world.’
    • ‘One quick snip of the surgeon's knife and the pain will be gone.’
    • ‘For the first three years, he was the sole orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital.’
    • ‘The trauma surgeon performs a focused abdominal sonogram.’
    • ‘The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world.’
    • ‘Ruth was referred to a vascular surgeon to assess her splenic artery aneurysm.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the treatment involves the surgeon's knife.’
    • ‘General thoracic surgeons do both of these procedures and may be clustered in specific hospitals.’
    • ‘The patient is seen in the surgeon's office the morning after surgery.’
    • ‘The surgeon inserts the delivery device directly into the artery.’
    • ‘The qualified veterinary surgeon was previously director of consumer protection at the Food Safety Authority.’
    • ‘Patients with jaundice are still most often referred to surgeons, though in practice few require surgery.’
    • ‘She suffered a broken left thigh and was operated on by surgeons at the hospital.’


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French surgien, contraction of Old French serurgien, based on Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirourgia ‘handiwork, surgery’, from kheir ‘hand’ + ergon ‘work’.