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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The precancerous cells - or a very small tumor - could then be surgically removed, bringing a complete cure.’
- ‘The question of whether tendon injuries should be treated surgically or not has been under debate for a long time.’
- ‘Their device beams microvolts of electricity through six surgically installed electrodes to the site of a spinal cord injury.’
- ‘Bull calves were surgically castrated at birth.’
2With great precision, especially with reference to a military attack from the air.‘the Air Force lost patience trying to bomb surgically’
- ‘The standard of their analysis has been so consistently high, so surgically precise, that you almost wonder why anyone else bothers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This will mean moving swiftly and surgically to a more focused global customer-driven company.’
- ‘Commonly called "smart" bombs, these weapons have the ability to strike surgically and thus reduce the risk of collateral damage.’
- ‘Special operations forces surgically attack the terrorist concentrations, arresting those who surrender and killing those who resist violently.’
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