sur-ger-y / sûr-jə-rē
noun (plural surgeries)
1. a division of medicine which uses instruments to diagnose and treat injuries, diseases, deformities, etc.
Medication, surgery and radiation are the weapons with which conventional medicine foolishly shoots the messengers called symptoms.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, ? –
2. the act or practice of treating an injury, disease, deformity, etc. by cutting into a person’s body with instruments
Preventive medicine isn’t part of a physician’s everyday routine, which is spent dispensing drugs and performing surgery.
Deepak Chopra, 1947 –
3. the procedure performed when a doctor cuts into a person’s body with instruments to help cure, repair or restore them; an operation
Most loving Heavenly Father, I commit my physical body to You today as I undergo delicate surgery.
4. a surgical area or room or (primarily British) a place where doctor, dentist or other medical practitioner treats or advises patients
His head was cut and bleeding; and one knee seemed to be badly injured; and it was speedily settled that he had better be conveyed at once to the only Surgery in the place.
From “Sylvie and Bruno” by Lewis Carroll, 1832 – 1898
5. alterations or adjustment made as if by cutting and manipulating
It’s a dance of literary surgery, extracting certain words and implanting others in, as a schematic takes shape that the writer can follow to fix a form.
Kurt Moore, “Students make a difference through language”, “The Marion Star”, May 29, 2003