noun (plural -geries) Etymology: Middle English surgerie, from Anglo-French cirurgerie, surgerie, from Latin chirurgia, from Greek cheirourgia, from cheirourgos surgeon, from cheirourgos doing by hand, from cheir hand + ergon work — more at chir-, work Date: 14th century 1. a branch of medicine concerned with diseases and conditions requiring or amenable to operative or manual procedures 2. alterations made as if by surgery <
literary surgery
3. a. British a physician's or dentist's office b. a room or area where surgery is performed 4. a. the work done by a surgeon b. operation

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