One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1By means of a medical operation involving incision or manipulation.‘a lump in the breast was surgically removed’‘thyroid cancer is usually treated surgically’
- ‘The precancerous cells - or a very small tumor - could then be surgically removed, bringing a complete cure.’
- ‘Their device beams microvolts of electricity through six surgically installed electrodes to the site of a spinal cord injury.’
- ‘The question of whether tendon injuries should be treated surgically or not has been under debate for a long time.’
- ‘Bull calves were surgically castrated at birth.’
- ‘This was not the first time he'd mentioned kids, and I'd had to tell him that I'd precluded that possibility surgically some time ago.’
2With great precision, especially with reference to a military attack from the air.‘the Air Force lost patience trying to bomb surgically’
- ‘He shows the hand of a skilled theatrical abridger at work, surgically excising flowery and purple "literary" material, and reworking the remainder for the benefit of players and playgoers.’
- ‘The standard of their analysis has been so consistently high, so surgically precise, that you almost wonder why anyone else bothers.’
- ‘Special operations forces surgically attack the terrorist concentrations, arresting those who surrender and killing those who resist violently.’
- ‘Commonly called "smart" bombs, these weapons have the ability to strike surgically and thus reduce the risk of collateral damage.’
- ‘This will mean moving swiftly and surgically to a more focused global customer-driven company.’
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